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    Hey friends - I have a JD 6x4 gator (gas) that started slipping yesterday. This am I drove it into my woods to dump a load of manure and there it now remains... Lifted the box and I saw that the passenger side chain is on the ground. It dawned on me tonight that I may be able to lock the rear differential to drive it out of the woods? Will this work? Just need a way of getting it back to the barn to work on it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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    I have no ideas to help you, but I will reply to the thread to "bump" it back to the top of the "new posts" list.

    Good luck! I know you'll be able to get this fixed based on your tenacity when it came to fixing the overheating problem you had!
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    Never seen this model but....

    If there are two chains from the transmission/differential to the rear wheels the differential lock should work.

    I don't think it would hurt to try. Just go easy and if it doesn't complain, head for the barn.

    I take it you don't have anything to tow it with?
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    YES, locking the differential will work. That is how JD "makes this 4 wheel drive" You will have three wheel drive until you get the missing chain on.
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    Thank you all so much - It worked!!! All night I tossed and turned wondering how I was going to drag this thing out of the woods back to the barn. I was so relieved when I locked the rear dif and it started to move. Woohoo! Limped it back to the barn and will pull the rear tire off and attempt to put the chain back on. The chain is intact, so not sure how it came off? Their wasn’t much slop in the chain, but apparently enough. Thanks again!
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    Was the rear axle assembly loose? IIRC moving it is what adjusts the chain tightness. Or the chain has stretched and had not been adjusted. Or possibly a stick got between the chain and sprocket and derailed the chain? Good luck getting it back together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauraleigh View Post
    Hey friends - I have a JD 6x4 gator (gas) that started slipping yesterday. This am I drove it into my woods to dump a load of manure and there it now remains... Lifted the box and I saw that the passenger side chain is on the ground. It dawned on me tonight that I may be able to lock the rear differential to drive it out of the woods? Will this work? Just need a way of getting it back to the barn to work on it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
    Well, Glad You made it back to barn and with the Gator as well, Just a quick note there is an adjustment on the back of the gator to adjust the chain. also you will need to remove the rear wheel and loosen the bolts on the axle hub, ( JUST LOOSNE THEM ) a little as that will give you enough movement to loosen then put chain on and tighten the chain enough. You will need to have about 1/2-3/4" of play on top of chain loop. Hope this helps. GOOD LUCK.

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    Here is a page shot from the TM1518 service manual on this topic --- let me know if you need a larger excerpt on other related areas of access, etc.

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    Thank you, thank you for the diagram as well as the advice on how to get the chain back on! I’m hoping to work on it this weekend. I think I’m up for the repair... just need time on task. Looks like chain is intact, but not sure why it slipped off. Maybe it has stretched, maybe it was loose... ? I oiled the chains a few months back and they were adjusted then. Who knows. I’ll let you all know how it goes this weekend. Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauraleigh View Post
    Thank you, thank you for the diagram as well as the advice on how to get the chain back on! Im hoping to work on it this weekend. I think Im up for the repair... just need time on task. Looks like chain is intact, but not sure why it slipped off. Maybe it has stretched, maybe it was loose... ? I oiled the chains a few months back and they were adjusted then. Who knows. Ill let you all know how it goes this weekend. Thanks again!
    I've noticed several times of adjusting the chain slack, that if the bolts on the axle hubs are not tight enough they seem to slide back and will cause chain slack to become extreme. (can hear it when driving it). You will get er done. I replaced the chains some years back and they do stretch over time, I suggest loosen the adjusters out all the way and that gives you better length to adjust the slack out of chain.

    GOOD LUCK, YOU WILL GET IT!!

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