Hello Vintage JDers from a new member,
My first question on this forum and I am so happy I found it because the grass has started growing and my John Deere 180 ride-on mower has decided to give me problems. I'm guessing that a 180 falls in the vintage section even though I have no idea how old it is.
On with my question. In my last outing with it last autumn, it was working perfectly. I took it out for a trial run last week and noticed a problem. As I'm driving, whatever gear, it appears to mechanically miss. The only way I can describe it is like when riding a bicycle, at the point of changing gears - like a clunk, clunk. I put it up on stands, today, and ran it in all gears with no problem.
So basically, it was running OK the last time I used it and after the winter break, problem. Also it works fine on stands but problem shows up when on the ground.
Any ideas will be gratefully received.
I should add that it has the 5 speed transaxle (I think).