In the past I have along with a number of 62D owners have had issues with the cotter pins breaking where the tie rod connects with the lift arms. Parts 20, 10 and 19.
Usually the problem is resolved with "beefier" cotter or other pins.
I tried that this season to no avail. I keep breaking pins, and finding part 19 (tie rod) hanging down on one side.
Last season when the issue first presented itself the cotter pin I think on the on the #20 part side went missing, and I found the tie rod part 19 bent up like a pretzel.
Last week I noticed it hanging down again, I don't think it lasted 1.5 hours of lawn mowing. So I wanted to ask your thoughts about what I am thinking.
It's still hard to pull together arms 10 and 20 to install the cotters in part 19. I used a bar clamp to pull the arms together so I could install the washers and outside cotter. So it must cause to much outward pressure on the cotters.
Seems to me that part 19 should install easily, and spin freely when installed ?
I'm thinking that last season when the cotter pin first broke it somehow bent the very end of part 10 or 20 outward. I wondering if trying to press (tweek) the arm(s) slightly inward would relieve the pressure on the cotters ? Are these steel that might bend with a press ?
I guess I should remove the arms, and put them side by side to examine, and maybe post a photo.
Of course these things need attention when you are the most pressed for time !