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#1 bosbar OFFLINE  

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Posted July 11, 2017 - 06:50 AM

I have a 2006 JD 2305, which I have OCD about taking good care of it.

 

I keep the oil changed, I change the filters and grease everything the manual says to grease.

 

But, did you know that, there are grease fittings on your main driveshaft? I didn't?

 

A new driveshaft cost $751.00, ask me how I know this.

 

John Deere says they realized they left this out of the manual in 2010 and sent out flyers to "almost everyone". I didn't get one!

 

Check your driveshaft for grease fittings before it's too late.


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Posted July 11, 2017 - 07:30 AM

Always good to pass on info to others


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Posted July 11, 2017 - 08:30 AM

Just another addition when it comes to drive shafts. In the last three years I have experienced failing drive shafts whether mine or friends. Most can be rebuilt or made much cheaper than buying from factory. Search around for local machine shops & joint or shaft shops.
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Posted July 11, 2017 - 09:30 AM

Have a 2320 & will check.  My book also does not indicate drive shaft grease fittings.

 

Thank you

 

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Posted July 11, 2017 - 09:51 AM

We build driveshafts where I work in Connecticut. I'm sure it could be done for way less than $751.00
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Posted July 11, 2017 - 03:15 PM

Sounds like a $175 drive shaft in a fancy $575 green box with pretty logos all over it.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 07:28 AM

I checked online, you can't buy replacement universal joints for the driveshaft, you have to buy the whole thing.

 

Sad but, true.



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Posted January 07, 2018 - 09:01 AM

Tried to grease the driveshaft when I took the mower deck off for the season.

 

Could not get the tip of the grease gun on the zerk fitting. Tried different tips to no avail.

 

New driveshaft, ungreased. Suggestions?



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Posted January 07, 2018 - 09:48 AM

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How about something like the bottom one


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:22 AM

I would think the lower one in the picture that Massey Driver posted should work if the problem is because the coupler on the grease gun is too large to clear the u joint yoke.

 

I use this style of grease needle to get grease into grease fittings where there is very little room - part #5803 Lincoln.

http://www.lincolnin...=717&cat_id=285

 

You can thread it onto the end of the hose or thread a 1/8"NPT grease fitting into the end and then put the coupler from the hose onto the grease fitting.  Should be available at most auto parts stores.



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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Might be easiest to change the zerk fitting to a 45 or 90. Does Deere sell a special grease gun for$1000? I would call them and ask. Don



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Posted January 07, 2018 - 01:07 PM

Is it possible to rotate the shaft slightly to get a better angle on it?

From reading other sites about greasing the driveshaft, the needle adaptor is the way to go. One poster went so far as to rotate the 90 degree zerk in there with a screwdriver and hammer to get it pointing to where he could access it easier.

Edited by Cat385B, January 07, 2018 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted January 11, 2018 - 09:25 AM

I paid $225 for a custom driveshaft for a hotrod few years ago so if ever in need bring your driveshaft to a shop that builds them and it really does not take them but a hour to make one.



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Posted January 11, 2018 - 09:30 AM

I may be that the zerk fitting is an odd size. I had those on my Dodge Caravan ball joints. They were smaller than the normal. I just replaced them with the normal size fitting.


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Posted January 13, 2018 - 09:59 AM

I may be that the zerk fitting is an odd size. I had those on my Dodge Caravan ball joints. They were smaller than the normal. I just replaced them with the normal size fitting.

Possibly metric zerks? I find many times the adapters are just too bulky to fit into tight spots and end up changing zerks.  Found zerk that was impossible to get grease on a ball joint recently, had to install a 90 degree.






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