The sun is out....temps are warm(er)......and I got a chance to take a real good look at the Massey this afternoon. Here's what I found:
The manual says, "Check dipstick under seat, when oil is cold, to make certain transmission, differential and hydraulic system are properly filled with M-1110." Ummmmmmm, glad the belt broke cause I made a rookie mistake and neglected to check the transmission/hydraulic fluid level and I'm not sure it was at full capacity. This is what I found.
Dipstick.....didn't think they were as short as this one is and I've never seen one where the end is slanted (as if it's been broken off) and that doesn't have an indicator when Full. Obviously I could not determine the level of the fluid since I did not have a proper length stick, so I drained the transmission.
The top of the plug had some pretty gunky sediment on it (left smear below).
The plug its self is magnetic.......just learning this today.......and had collected a plethora of tiny metal fragments (from where I do not know).
So the transmission is drained. I've just learned that M-1110 is MF version of ATF (such as Dexron III ATF).
Next, I found another oddity, there is a about an 1/2" to 1" space between the hood and the dash. Hmmmmmmm?
Upon closer examination I also noticed that lift mechanism (I think that's what it is) that connects to the mower deck (again, I think that's what it is) is not centered in the hole in the frame where it's intended to go (this is on the left side of the tractor when sitting in the seat)
Notice that this pin (best word I could come up with) is not sitting in the hole as it's suppose to (same side of the tractor just the front "pin).
You might be able to notice in the pictures below how some of the "pins" on the left and right side of the tractor (down where my feet will go) are centered and straight while others are out of their holes and not aligned properly.
I'll also post a video in a bit that shows the large amount of play in the steering wheel that I need to address.
So, I appreciate your feedback and help in unraveling these mysteries. Thanks.
Edited by Moosetales, February 10, 2013 - 10:45 PM.