I went to remove my 60D autoconnect deck from my 1023e today. Set knob to install, unlocked the gauge wheel latches, flipped the deck lock in the rear, etc... (ain't my first time). Backed off, deck was sliding. Tried to reconnect and was pushing deck forward. Looked under and the draft arms/PTO were WAY too low and catching on the bar that goes between the deck latches in the rear, enough to bend the bar... And, no way it was hooking back up.
I only remove the deck for winter. It came off fine last fall and went on fine last spring. The only thing I did to the deck this year was go through the setup/leveling procedure, as per the manual and the guidelines here on GTT, to gain some additional cutting height.
I was able to get the deck off by raising the draft arms/PTO up a bit so to clear the rear deck latch arm, since PTO was already free.
I can replace the bent latch arm thing, but I hope I didn't mess anything else up. And, it's not going back on next spring like this. Any ideas on why this occurred and/or how to correct it? If not, is there any concern with waiting until spring (since deck is off) before calling dealer in (other than $$$ because warranty is up). Thanks