I was out mowing with the 2210 last weekend and heard a bad grinding. snapping sound and the tractor stopped. I hopped off, opened the rear fender, put it in gear and released the clutch. I saw the axle tube spinning on both sides of the trans but the axle was not moving. I looked at the part diagram and cannot see how the axle tube engages the axle. Is the axle a two part shaft, split by the differential that is engaged by the axle by a key or something that I shredded?
My hubs are rusted on solid so I will have to cut the axle to get it out of the tube.
I am just curious about how the axle is driven by the tube and the differential. Since I have to cut the axle to get the hubs off and the seals are leaking around the tube due to wear, can I simply weld the axle to the tube at either end to keep it moving for now until I can find complete replacement parts?