I would appreciate any input on my problem with my 1254-01. I have tried to do the rear axle end play adjustment exactly like it says in the manual. However neither the left hand or right hand castle nut would turn in any further than right where they were to start. I mean there was no adjustment that could be made. I did it with the rear tires off the ground, did the left first then the right. They would not turn in at all. When I would turn either tire by hand back and forth there is about 1-1/2" (measuring from the outside of the tire) travel before the other tire would start turning the opposite direction accompanied with a clicking noise.
A little history here next. My retired neighbor who's not mechanically inclined at all bought the tractor used from a dealer 25 years ago. He used it only for mowing for 10 years and then a bearing went out in the PTO housing and he parked it for the last 15 years. He told me I could have it if I would get it out of his carport. I have spoke with him many times about the tractor and he has assured me he has never made any adjustments nor was he aware any could be made the whole time he owned it.
I don't know if it makes any difference but the left side control differential knob has never seemed to work. Even when its turned clockwise all the way in only one tire will spin in the wet grass when coming up a small incline. I am sure the rear axle would need adjustment after being used for 10 years without any maintenance other than changing the oil and greasing the fittings.
Thanks in advance for any advice!