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Have a MTD Yard Machine rear tine tiller Model 410 and when I went to use it this year when I put it in gear the tines did not move. I called the MTD tech and he said it sounds like its in the transmission and its not worth fixing? The tiller runs great but can't till if the tines do not move. Is there a oil hole to fill transmission? When I turn off the motor I can move the tines to get into gear but am afraid that if I do this it may make matters worse.

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It is the shift fork in the transmission. Bad part design and if you plan to take it apart, use sandpaper and really clean the wheel axle and tine axle before you take it apart.

Posted on May 08, 2011

  • mcclr1 Aug 14, 2011

    I too had one that would pop out of gear while tilling. You could hold the lever in but that would eventually bend the shifting fork in the transmission and it would then jump out of the groove in the shifting sleeve. I put new pins on the shifting fork and reinforced it so that it would not bend so easily. It worked fine for a few minutes and then jumped out of gear again. A friend led me to the real solution. The shifting fork is not supposed to hold the shifting sleeve in gear. It is only supposed to slide the shifting mechanism and the detent spring and ball are supposed to do the holding work. I once again repaired the shifting fork but this time ordered a new detent spring part number 932-0863 and a new detent ball part number 741-0862. They cost $4.40 and that was the solution to the problem. I would also order a new shifting fork if yours has been bent. The new ones are a different design that has more reinforcement. It is a lot of work to tear into these so buy the new parts the first time. I was getting adept at the process after doing it three times.

  • David Reaves
    David Reaves Aug 23, 2012

    Any estimates on what it would cost to have a service shop replace the shifting fork and the dentent spring and ball? I am not physically able to disassemle the entire tiller. I need to get an idea about whether I need to replace or repair. Thanks.

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