Exmark Metro 36 spindle question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shorty7616, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Looks like its time for me to replace the spindle on my Exmark....
    How hard is it?
    How long will it take?

    Does a bad spindle effect the cut....for example would the side that the worn spindle is one cut worse (or lower) than the other side?

    Should I also replace the pulley?
    Is it actually the spindle....its pretty loose, and makes a horrible grindong sound

  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 6,040

    If you grab the blade and can get movement up and down I would replace. It took me about a hour but you need a press and sockets and brass drive to push with. If your mechanical this is fairly straightforward. A bad spindle will effect the cut. I would not replace pulley unless it is eating belts.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    it is probably just a bad bearing.
  4. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Sounds like it may just be a job for the shop.....have the basics...not much else.

    I was getting movement when it was disengaged, but was alot firmer after I engaged it????
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    That howling/grinding sound is a dead giveaway that the spindle bearings are bad. To check both spindles do this:

    1 Remove the spark plug wire
    2 Remove the blade belt
    3 Move your blade engagement lever forward to the engaged position (this releases the blade brake)
    4 Lift the front of the mower up and support it with jackstands
    5 Try to move the blade up and down by the end/tip of the blade. If you have less than 1/8" of play the spindle will need replacing soon. If there is 1/8" or more the spindle needs to be replaced. Do this to each blade.

    Approximately how many hours are on your Metro?
  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    How old is the Metro?

    The spindles are warranted for 3 years.

  7. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    ya sounds like a shop job might want to give it a try to see if u can take it out yourself
  8. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Thanks guys for all the help.....there is alot of play up and down. I tried to get the housing off myself, but just couldn't do it....so I am letting the shop guys do it, figured they could do it faster than I could especially with everything else going on.

    This is the first time I've had to replace them, so I was new to the whole thing. The Metro has between 1400-1600 hrs. on it (roughly estimated, probably a little more). And it just turned 4 June 1st.

    I know dishboy said a bad spindle effects the cut, anyone else run into this?

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