I figured out that I had a spring missing from the pivot/latch, bought one and now I'm not sure exactly how it's supposed to be positioned. The JD parts catalog online shows it pretty much floating in thin air. Is there anybody out there that can snap a picture of theirs and post it for me? Much appreciated!
I'll be sure to add a wire tie so that if comes off again, at least it'll be hanging there waiting to be reinstalled.