Question about Craftsman 26 Hp 54" Deck Yard Tractor
I have a Troy Built lawn tractor model 686 that shifts fine but when you place the shift lever in neural the wheels stay locked up as if it is still in gear. Do I need a new transmission?
check top of sector gear mounting plate for waer this is the gear that hooks to you steering gear . the plate that it mounts to will ware down causing it to be loos and slip . the only way i know to fix it is to pull the cross member out and take it to a welding shop and have it built back up.if the bolt is as tight as itcan go .
Posted on May 06, 2009
I also have a Craftsman tractor with the same problem. Sears repairman said it needed a new transmission and it would cost $1,400 to install. A new one is about $1,000. Anyway, if you remove the battery and the battery tray under the seat it will expose the transmission fill hole (hex). I opened the top and it looked empty. I had a bottle of 90 weight gear oil in my shop and filled the transmission to the top. I have not had any problems with it since. $4.00 bottle of oil verses a new tractor is worth a try.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Assuming you have a MANUAL (IE non-hydro) transmission ....
Can you shift with the engine OFF? If so, the problem is a dragging dirve belt transmitting power even though the clutch pedal is depressed. Check the adjustment, and that you have FULL travel on the pedal.
If you CAN'T shift with the engine off, then either the linkage is jammed/stiff, or there's an internal trans fault.
If you DO have a hydro trans, disconnect the linkage at the trans and attempt to move the lever on the side of the trans with vise-grips or similar. If you can move it without much effort, the linkage is siezed, if not, then internal trans fault.
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks for the info. I thought it might be in the trans. but I was hoping there was a way to check the fluid. I can't find a plug or filler cap. And no, I don't have the manual. Vince"
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