Another quick update on the Estate Keeper as I had some time to get some more work done on it today. I figured I'd take it apart some more so that I could give the back half of it a good washing today at the car wash self-service booth. So, I loaded up the ramps in the truck and headed over to get started. First thing I did was take some photos of the wire routing on the EK-10 before taking it all apart so I'd hopefully remember where all the wires go. (When in doubt, I can also refer to the Bolens wiring diagram...)
Next step, I disconnected the Starter/Generator and set that aside and also unhooked the rest of the wiring harness from the solenoid and the voltage regulator to get that out of the way. (It was pretty hacked up and cobbled together. Many of the end terminals were falling apart and a wire just pulled out of terminal that connected to the coil. Thankfully I have a new (not OEM, but...) wiring harness that Bolens 1000 was nice enough to make up for me that I'm planning on substituting for the old harness that was on my EK-10.) With that out of the way, I started unbolting the engine from the rear frame. I had originally thought that the engine mounting brackets were broken on both sides as the whole engine rocked back and forth a lot, but it turns out the bracket was only broken on the left side and the right side bracket (that is hidden behind the transaxle case) was still intact. The engine just happened to be rocking because it was only held in by TWO BOLTS!!! I figure if I put it back together with a new left side bracket and all 4 mounting bolts, it should be fine!
Before I get to that part though, I did notice something odd with the drive belts. Now, I know the engine wasn't exactly mounted 100% properly, but why are the belts off like this? They route crooked though the idler pulleys and the transaxle drive pulleys. What would make them off like this?
After wrestling with the belts for about 5 rounds or so (the belts were winning right up until the final pinfall where I finally beat them!) I took the engine off of the rear frame assembly and loaded everything into the back of the truck to take a trip down to the car wash. You can see how filthy everything was:
Here is the intact mounting barcket from the right side. Can't really tell if it is 100% OEM or if it was fabricated by someone after they broke the original one?
Here is the rest of the frame ready to be cleaned up:
After unloading everything at the car wash and soaking it with some engine degreaser, I inserted about $7 in quarters and here were the results:
Close up of the pulleys and mechanisms:
So, now that it is all nice and clean, I can start getting to the bottom of some of the oddities of this thing. Like, why does it seem like the clutch idler pulleys don't line up right and neither does the brake shoe? I know it is missing the brake pad on it, but it is also like a mile away from the transaxle input shaft that it is supposed to brake onto. Also, the transaxle input shaft (that has the Hi and Lo speed pulleys on it) is VERY wobbly and has a lot of play in and out of the transaxle housing. No idea if it is supposed to be this way or if something is broken inside the transaxle or not. It still seems to spin the output shaft and the wheels if I shift it into gear and rotate the input pulley, but it still has me worried. Also, while checking out the engine, I noticed a lack of an easily accessible oil drain plug. How in the heck are you supposed to drain the oil on this thing? Just a few of the MYSTERIES of the Estate Keeper...
Edited by MailmAn, April 09, 2013 - 10:22 PM.