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#1 CraftsmanGT ONLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2015 - 03:28 PM

Hey everyone hopefully some one will be able to help me with this. Craftsman GT6000 with a Peerless 820 inline 6-speed transmission. The problem I'm having with the trans is that it is hard to get in and 1st gear and hard to get in and out of reverse. Anybody know? Thanks

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Posted April 02, 2015 - 05:09 PM

If it's anything like some of the other tractors, there is no drain! No way to check if it's full! And no way to add any fluid.



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Posted April 02, 2015 - 05:09 PM

Check the manual in our Manual Section. Good Luck, Rick

 

Many years ago I had one that gave alot of trouble because the brake on the tranny was dragging.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 05:36 PM

If it's anything like some of the other tractors, there is no drain! No way to check if it's full! And no way to add any fluid.


Yup it's one of the bentonite grease filled ones
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Posted April 02, 2015 - 09:39 PM

These are sealed units and the original grease is more likely worn out. To extend the service (on mime) I do the following. You will need to remove the fender pan, and top pulley from the transaxle. Locate the yellow plug and remove it. I fill (annually) with 3 funnels of 00 grease.

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Thanks Larry, have you had any problems with yours being hard to get in and out of gear? Any tips about getting that strange looking nut off the tranny pulley? I did read a few things about the bentonite grease separating.

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 11:07 AM

That is not a nut, there is a snap ring that holds the pulley on. I have not had any shifting issues. My rims are frozen on so I can't replace the axle seals. I just have to deal with the leakage, and add "00" every season.

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 08:29 PM

Thanks again Larry. Mine has no leaks so I'm guessing the grease is just separate. Do you think it would be fine to add some 80W-90 to it since I've got a bottle on hand?

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 08:44 PM

It may help free things up. Better yet, If you can remove the rims, then I would pull the tranny crack the case and inspect, clean, and re-pack with the proper grease. I wish I could do that to mine.



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Posted April 03, 2015 - 09:31 PM

Looks pretty easy to drop it out. Surprisingly the rims slide right off and I always try to keep the axles greased. I think I'll try the 80W-90 first and if that doesn't loosen things up then I'll drop it and split it open. All the gears work fine with no noises, just really difficult to get in and out of 1st and it takes a few tries to get into reverse and alot of force to get out of reverse. I'll give you an update after a few days of adding the gear oil. Thanks again

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 09:37 PM

The grease won't sling up to the shifter linkage. maybe after you add the 90W if you turn it upside down and work the linkage some..... just thinking. I tried a 10 ton puller to remove my rims, when they started bending I gave up and resigned to the "00" grease.



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Posted April 03, 2015 - 11:32 PM

I found out from some more reading that the shifter detent ball can rust up and cause the issue I'm having. I'll take a look at that first. 10 tons and they still wouldn't budge? that's crazy. I was surprised when both of mine came right off considering how neglected it was by neighbor. I got it for free and have about $150 into it so far

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 11:39 PM

I have heard that too, I bought mine for $100.00 and did this to it, nor known as "RED" and is my main mower for 3 acres.

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Posted April 04, 2015 - 02:15 PM

Well I've got an update for you guys. It is indeed the detent ball, it's all rusted and without the spring and screw in it shifts smooth. So how does one go about removing this ball to clean it up? I've tried using a magnet with no luck

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Posted April 04, 2015 - 04:09 PM

Well another update. I soaked the detent ball in marvel mystery oil and worked the shifter back and forth and that freed it right up. Took it for a spin around the yard and all is good. Shifts in and of 1st and reverse nice and smooth now. Thanks to Larry and everyone else who helped me out.
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