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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Final update - the microswitch he replaced was a lockout to prevent starting the engine while the tractor was in gear. He says he broke it himself in taking the tractor apart. They are pretty fragile, so we can't blame him too much for this. He's out happily mowing now ;-) Best Regards...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He replaced only one microswitch, and I think it involved the PTO safety lockout. It was damaged during the disassembly of the tractor, it didn't wear out or fail unexpectedly. He cracked the plastic case. I am not sure of the physical location on the tractor. Sorry not to be of more help on...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Wellllll, here's the update. (Sunday evening, 5/8) He was able to get it back together with a lot of cussing, wiggling, pounding and so forth from him and some help from people pushing and pulling on the wheels, wiggling the jacks and so forth. I guess the tractor realized it was outnumbered...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    I agree, it really does sound like the pilot bearing. And oh, boy the halves of the tractor are WAY too heavy to horse around! There are alignment pins, but the halves are still too far apart to let them engage. It sounds to me like he might have to un-align the halves slightly (up/down or...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He's stalled . . . Putting the halves of the tractor back together isn't going real well. Something is blocking it from closing the last 7/8". The halves were not lined up properly either vertically or horizontally. He/we jiggled stuff around until they were. The bolts all line up now, the gaps...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Well it really and truly IS that easy, but he doesn't want to do it that way. His tractor, his decision. If it were mine, I'd buy the dollar special and solder the two wires - I even offered to solder them for him, nope, he isn't having any. He da boss. Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Who me, cheap? Well frugal, maybe. I've been told that I can squeeze nickels so hard that *I* am the reason the buffalo on the nickel has only three legs . . . $34 for a tractor part isn't worth complaining about if the tractor manufacturer made the part. Here, they didn't. Microswitches are...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Actually I was a sports announcer ONE time . . . friend of mine worked at a radio station and did announcing for the bike races at Daytona Speedway. He asked me to take one race because he had something else to do which could not wait. I drove over to the speedway, found a place to park, and got...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Incremental progress. He was able to fish out the rear coupling with a "grabber" I lent him - four fingers on a flexible shaft (from Harbor Freight, I think), and using a length of welding rod, finagle the rear coupling back into place. He then re-inserted the rear half of the propeller shaft...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    No offense taken JWR ;-) Problem with the internet is that all we get is the words, no context, no non-verbal cues, just the words, and it is very easy to misinterpret even an innocent statement, especially nowadays when just about everybody seems to be upset about something all the time. My...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He either bought it new or almost new, and he now has 1970 or so hours on it. He uses it pretty hard and he uses it a LOT, mows, grades, digs, repeat. It lives outside most of the time and the Kubota Orange paint has faded almost to Mary Kay pink. I will say he does change the oil and filters...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Saturday update: He's getting in deeper and deeper and deeper . . . and I fear he is nowhere near out of the woods yet, or getting there. Turns out there may be three splined collars. Power to the front axle starts at the rear differential, goes via a propeller shaft which runs under the...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Since the collar is a wear item and the noises seem to be coming from the back of the tractor, I am beginning to suspect that he may indeed have broken off the diff lock pins. Is there any way to inspect that while the tractor is split, or is there access from the back of the assembled tractor...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Went past today at noon, took three pix. The internally splined collar goes on the front of the front to rear drive shaft and connects to the input shaft of the front differential. As you see, that collar is shot. The front of the drive shaft is also gone. I asked if there was any damage to the...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Update - he had the front axles out because he suspected the front diff. It was fine, so he put it back together. What he did find was the drive shaft which goes from the front axle to the rear case had a problem. Seems it is somewhat open to the elements and in the 1970 hours he's put on it...
 
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