I just got in from yanking the transmission out of the legendary Bolens HDT1000 project. Some of you might know that OldBuzzard dropped his treasure off for a new paint job, a few repairs, and a little spit shine.
Yes, there will be a refurb thread going now that progress can be shown. I've got pictures out the roof but I keep running out of daylight to do it all.
I decided to take a jump and pull off the transaxle primarily because I wanted to double check the pump for runs, leaks, and errors. There was also a leak on the transaxle itself I wanted to fix. Like I thought, old gaskets, old permatex, and hydraulic oil don't mix well.
However, one of the biggest complaints I had going into this project was that it took (in OldBuzzard's illustrative words) "two men and a boy" to shift the transmission between high and low.
Now that the pump is off and the transaxle is smiling at me, I'm a little lost as to what would be the cause for hard shifting. I was hoping to see something simple like a bearing causing gears to misalign, a sheared key, or possibly something broken up on the shifting mechanism itself.
Have any one of your Bolens experts seen this and does anyone happen to know a solution? I'll tear deeper into it, I've only looked at it quickly, but I am hoping to get pointed in the right direction.
How hard should these transaxles be to shift?