JayW Posted May 25, 2010 Share Posted May 25, 2010 It's a 14hp 1995 model with a clutch and 5 speed gearbox (not hydro). One or two of you may recall this tractor from a question I posted last year. My son ran it into a tree and the engine wouldn't turn over. Thanks to the help of this board, we determined that the engine was hydrolocked with oil. I cleared that out and the engine fired right up. I decided to replace the broken hood and subsequently got another year of good use out of it. Well, last week I was hauling some logs up a hill. It started making a terrible racket in the gearbox under the seat and stopped moving forward. I unhooked the trailer and can get the tractor to move forward only if there is no resistance. The sound and symptoms occur in all gears. I was hoping the problem was the axle keys, but replacing those made no difference. It sounds like a chain is clanking over a worn sprocket inside the transaxle. I can only find very limited information about the anatomy of these transaxles. You can buy a chain and new sprockets for them, but I don't know how hard they are to replace. This little beast has had long hard use, but the engine, frame and bodywork are still in good shape. All 4 of my children learned to "drive" on it and I would like to get it working again. The question is, should I keep looking for a used gearbox/differential, or is it worthwhile to disassemble the transaxle and see if there is something repairable inside? Does anyone have any experience with this component? Thanks, Jay Link to comment
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