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    Default Rockshift Control Question-John Deere 3203-Updated

    Members,

    The rockshift control lever on my John deere 3203 is very hard to move. It seems as if there is some resistance that has occurred over time. When I first got the tractor that rockshift control lever could be moved with my pinkie. Now I am having to push/pull it hard and I can notice the strain on the arm and the parts.

    Is there a way to lubricate it or adjust it so that is works smoother?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Emperor; 04-30-2012 at 10:50 AM.

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    Default Re: Hitch Control Question-John Deere 3203

    Any one got anything on this?

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    Default Re: Hitch Control Question-John Deere 3203

    If you remove the handle you will find a friction nut that tightens on some disks.

    You will need a 10 MM wrench to remove the two bolts that hold the handle in place(#10), and a 15 MM wrench (I think) to tighten the friction nut(#9). Remember that the rock shaft lever will have to max out all the way up before "loosening occurs." Should set it all the way up before starting.

    I had the opposite problem. Mine was falling all the way down all the time. Had to tighten it, but just a hair. The first time it was too tight.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Hitch Control Question-John Deere 3203

    The lever on my 2520 would get that way after I pressure wash the tractor, or if it was out in a heavy rain, & I just spray the linkage with a dry film lube I bought from my JD dealer & all is well until the next time the lube is "washed out".
    JD 2520, R4 Tires, 62D MMM, 200CX Loader, 61" bucket , I Match, Modified Ballast Box, Frontier 5' Rear Blade, Frontier 6' Rake, Frontier 48" Pallet Forks, Hardtop Canopy, ROPS Brushguard Kit, Aux Forward lights, Rear work light, Rear wheel weights, JD Receiver Hitch, TSC 3pt Carryall, Ken's Bolt-on Grab Hooks & Clevis Blocks.

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