wobbly drive shaft on walker

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bababooie, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
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    how would get a slight wobble to my walker 2002 driveshaft.would it be from hills or dips, is it something to worry about? will it get worse. right now its slight.:blob3:
     
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    It could be that it got bent, play in the u-joints, play in the bearings, could be alot of things. I'd have a mechanic look at it BEFORE it gets worse and ends up damaging something else in it's wake.

    If it's a 2002 it's got to be under warranty, so take it to the dealer.
     
  3. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    What has happened is one time you tilted up the deck and the universal joint was in the exact right spot and binded, you lifted a little harder and actually bent the drive shaft slightly. I did this on mine 1 1/2 years ago, it hasn't caused any problems yet and I don't think it will. Now we are a little more careful when tipping the deck to make sure that the universal is turned the right way so it doesn't bind. If you look at the universal joint you will see that it is like two offset U's and when you tilt the deck they are supposed to swival to tilt it 90 degrees. Usually the shaft will turn a little if they happen to hit each other but sometimes they will catch. I have notice if it has some extra grease on the yokes they will slip past each other better.
     
  4. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats some lawnsite information there!:D You learn something useful every day, good post cantoo.
     
  5. I just had a PTO shaft rebuilt at :
    "Power Clutch & Drive" in Cincinnati. (800-998-0282)
    New u-joints, yokes and they balanced it, all for $204.73

    I'm just stating this as an alternative, if your dealer starts getting pricy on you. There would be drive train specialists in your area too.

    If it's vibrating at all I'd get it fixed. It's wearing something out, even if it's just the operator.

    Dave
     
  6. I just had a PTO shaft rebuilt at :
    "Power Clutch & Drive" in Cincinnati. (800-998-0282)
    New u-joints, yokes and they balanced it, all for $204.73

    I'm just stating this as an alternative, if your dealer starts getting pricy on you. There would be drive train specialists in your area too.

    If it's vibrating at all I'd get it fixed. It's wearing something out, even if it's just the operator.

    Dave
     
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    also, make sure you have the u-joints in line, especially if you have an old style square shaft, the splines are marked from the factory for that purpose.
     
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    Get it checked out and repaired immediately. It will not get better and this will only cause more damage. Wobbles and vibrations are very bad things!



    Gravely_Man
     
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    I know that mine is just a small bend but I have over 700 hours on it and there is no damage that I can see yet. Everything seems tight and no wearing but we keep everything well greased too.
     

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