So, while I had my tractor in for a 'shock absorber' replacement for my forward/reverse drive pedals, the mechanic noticed a small 'leak' and tracked it down to the transmission.
They said they had to replace an transmission gasket, if I have that correct.
So... they replaced it and true to form, they never call me back with ANY updates.... so I called to see how the tractor repair was coming.
They said that the mechanice (who I believe is a talented and good guy) was concerned that the transmission 'drive' shaft seemed 'looser' than he thought it should be.... so they ordered a new 'shaft' and had it overnighted and are going to install that so they have some sort of way to compare the feel to the first one installed.
First of all: I am no mechanic.... so it worries the hell out of me knowing they had to do major surgery to my tractor and pull the transmission off the engine.... and then to think they are 'unsure' if a major component 'feels right' after they installed it.
Should I be concerned.... and why would they have to remove a transmission drive shaft anyway?? Pardon my ignorance on the topic.... but it seems like my tractor has had more than it's share of issues for only having 75 hours on it....
I am starting to think that John Deere's quality control is almost non-existent.... from shoddy, ill-designed and ill-fitting body panels to mechanical maladies.... I am beginning to wonder if I would have had better luck with a Kubota or other make.