Spindle problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by williams lcm, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,200

    I think my spindle might be going bad as it is making a loud clacking sound. I grease them every week. What are the signs of a bad spindle? My mower is a 2011 Jd Z950. Roughly how much to replace them? My mower has a little over700 hrs on it and 3 months left on the warrenty so I hope it will be covered. How easy is it to replace? Thanks for any input
  2. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
    Messages: 125

    Pull the belt off and spin the pulley and listen and feel, rough = bearings shot or on their way out at least. I don't know about a Deere but Exmark spindles are easy, I can swap one in less than 30 minutes give or take.
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    It's likely the bearings gone bad, the spindle itself is probably all right.
  4. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    With a loud clanking I would look under the deck to see if one of the baffles has worn away and the blade is hitting it. If you do lots of Bahia the sand will wear out the baffles first. One of my Scags broke lose they other day and it has only about 400 hours. A big hammer and welder fixed it until the winter time when I will replace them with 1/4 in baffles. This is a very common problem in FL with the sand.

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