Hi all! Brand new here, looking for some direction with my somewhat beloved GT14g...
This machine and I go way back, many others have come and gone but this one has always been with me and means more to me than some of the others as it's a link to my late grandfather... I have fond memories of being a young boy, riding on grandpas knee as his beautiful brand new (at that time, late 70's) Ariens was working the ground with a PTO driven tiller. Good times.
Anyhoo, not to bore you with the details, but I know that more than one of you probably have a machine you feel the same about. This one has a soul almost and I have been taking good care of her for the past 20 years or so, never asked for much outside of routine maintainence till now.
Got done mowing, put her in the garage. Everything was normal. A week later, start her up and ease the clutch out in neutral- moves forward. Put it in first, feels like nothing there. 1st, second, reverse all the same deal- tractor moves forward in all of those gears (its clearly in first) If you try 3rd or 4th the trans is "locked" and by that I mean when you start to let the clutch out it'll stall the motor- wont turn the input shaft at all in those gears.
so, clearly theres an issue with the shift forks (i'm making an educated guess) as the linkage to the shifter is all intact and working correctly. Funny thing is, there wasnt any single thing that stands out... no issue with the gears at all the last time I ran it- then to park it and have this happen just seems random... but here we are.
So i'm at a point where I need to make a decision- I need the tractor (it's up at our lake house and is the main machine used to maintain that property) but Peerless transaxles aint exactly growing on trees (not that one at least) Anyone here had a similar issue on a gear drive Ariens (or New Holland, etc. that use a similar Peerless trans??) Looks like a fairly decent ordeal to get the transaxle out and seeing as that unit is no longer produced I don't want to invest a bunch of time pulling it only to find out that we can't do anything with it once it's out... I also don't want to just dump the tractor to someone who's going to part it out since i'm kind of attached to it- and it's such a nice machine.
Thats my dilemma.
Thanks for listening!