Im sorry folks. I am so out of breath right now and done this evert year for 3 years and absolutely hate it. Whomever came up with the auto connect should have rethought this. I have to take off every part to put the snowblower on every year and it works ok. Then comes the spring and I have to put everything back on to mow. The frame parts all go on OK.
The comes the AUTOMATIC part. I go through this every year and get furious and usually calm down. After about 30 attempts the mower finally slams on. I don't get it. I drive over the deck and it gets 95% of the way and never locks. My old trick was to manually try to line up the connector with the deck position so that the star lines up. This year no dice. So I push the mower and mower forward and unsuccessfully try to connect for about an hour, messing with the cross and no dice.
Im sorry but I am at my wits end, this cost me a fortune and I wish I just had a deck with a drive shaft and the dealer pushed this wonderful feature on me. I had considered buying a separate mower but at this point with close to $30k in this combination machine it wouldn't be worth keeping.
Plus the fact it compacts my soil terribly with turf tires and mower very badly. I did the fix here and it improved which was pathetic that so many were wrong from the factory.
I guess what I am saying is for $30k it would be nice for this to be easy.
A big part to buying this was to save stress on my body from past surgeries. There is no way I could keep muscles this accessories and misfits in a few more years.
Anyone with valium or a welder that can permanently weld my autonightmare mower please let me know.