Have a vintage 1980's style John Deere 160 model. We just got the deck serviced and the front shaft rod came off the deck. It has 2 cotter pins holding it in, I guess the one broke. I got 2 new pins, but I can't seem to get the rod to fit in.
My conclusions are:
It fits in the bottom holes. The cotter pin holes and the bracket arms go on the interior side of the brackets on the mower.
One side will go in fine, but then the other side won't line up. When I put the shaft in the other side first, it does the same thing on the other side. I can't make both side holes line up.
PLEASE HELP ASAP! Broke in the middle of mowing and I need to get this done!