Still hard at work on my well-worn Cub Cadet Original. I just replaced the reduction shaft seal in the transmission, and stopped my rapid gear oil leak. I had to split the tractor to do so, and when I got her all back together and filled with tranny oil, I wanted to go for a ride. But I quickly ran into a problem. When I depressed the clutch, the drive shaft wouldn't stop spinning. The slip is due to the throwout bearing not sliding on the shaft. It's supposed to slide and compress the clutch loading spring, but instead is just pulling the whole drive shaft with it. There is also a bit of play at the rag joint. The joint isn't being pushed tight against the reduction shaft, leaving room for the drive shaft to slide back. I'm led to believe that there's a shot snap ring somewhere along the drive line at fault. On another forum, I read this response regarding the same model and problem:
"if the driveshaft had no groove in it that the bearing could get hung up on check to see if the pinion is being pushed back into the reduction case,when you push the pedal down the driveshaft is movin back instead of compressing thge spring.if thats the problem a od snapring is at fault..."
It's hard to understand due to the composer's poor grammar, and the resolution of the issue wasn't posted. I'm sure that the fact that I split the tractor and disconnected the drive shaft at the rag joint was what screwed it up. That gives me hope that the problem won't be hard to fix. Clearly other people have experienced this before, so I'm open to possibilities. Thanks in advance!