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Dead Eye Dave    Posted 09-18-2018 at 13:42:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I am following up a post of a couple weeks ago where my touch control lever was very stiff to the point it worried me that something would break. So, I have the tractor at home. Hoping that the problem was something easy to fix I attempted to remove the friction plate. Well, as most know, the casting was frozen to the shaft. At this point I just sprayed it with Release All and left it. After a few days I think I noted some improvement in the effort needed to move the lever. Today I wondered what might be behind the quadrant so I loosened the four bolts holding it onto the lift cover hoping that I might be able to get the penetrant on the shaft behind that part. Loosened bolts and with flashlight can see in behind. Question. If I remove the four bolts will the whole quadrant slide off of the shaft or will the shaft come out with it from the lift cover? I really do not want to remove the lift cover so am being timid about this process. Can someone advise??

    JMOR    Posted 09-18-2018 at 14:25:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • once you remove friction plate & touch control lever attachment to shaft, the quadrant should slide off of shaft. The shaft can only be removed from inside.

    DED    Posted 09-18-2018 at 14:37:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Great, that was what I was looking for. Appreciated. David

    WayneIA    Posted 09-18-2018 at 20:11:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Don't forget the half-moon key after you get the friction plate off!

    JMOR    Posted 09-18-2018 at 14:44:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • let us know what you find.
    i have found those tubes compact with rust, to point hard to slide off shaft.

    DED    Posted 09-19-2018 at 11:41:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Update.....with some judicious tapping and some heat and prying I got the fitting to slide off. Now, next problem is the key. It is not in an easy place to work on as all of you know. It is seized or rusted into place. I have tried a screwdriver and hammer with no luck. I then tried vicegrips to no avail. So, I sprayed with penetrant and have left it for now. Can I just drive it out from the front to the rear?

    DED    Posted 09-19-2018 at 12:19:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I forgot to note here that instead of a friction disc I had a piece of rubber about 3/16" thick. I am now wondering if that had been part of the problem with extremely stiff operation of the touch control lever. It may even have been the total problem. I am ordering a new disc today. Thoughts?

    DED    Posted 09-21-2018 at 12:30:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, contrary to public opinion, I have still not gotten the woodruff key out of the shaft! I push one end down and the opposite pops up but there is no way it is coming out. I can get a hold on the end with vice grips but when I tap them they just pop off. Tried heat and break free.....ZERO. I have used a small punch to drive the near end but nothing works. Ideas?

    DED    Posted 09-21-2018 at 12:59:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Key out finally. Everything is a corroded mess inside that housing. Work ahead. Dave

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