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1997 MTD model 672 lawn tractor transaxle issue. During annual over all service, I noticed that while on a jack the rear axles have vertical movement or play of approx. 1/8". My question is: Given the machine age (approx. 14 years) if machine still functions would it be cost effective to repair this type of problem?

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