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    PTO selector lever jammed

    Today I was removing the MMM and getting set up with the FEL and BH. As a habit, I move the PTO selector to Rear when the MMM is taken off, so it's in the correct position for reinstall.

    After the MMM was off, I could not move the PTO select lever. Didn't see anything physically blocking the lever shaft but this thing was jammed hard, to the point where if I pushed any further the lever would have bent or broken.

    Here's the sequence of things I did:

    • I left it alone (in the Mid position) and drove about 40 yards to where the BH and FEL were at, hoping the bouncing across the terrain would free up. I tried to move it, still no luck.
    • I put the loader and BH on and drove a while doing chores. After 20 minutes or so, I tried again. Nope still stuck.
    • I turned the PTO on for 10 seconds and turned it off. Tried again, and the PTO selector lever moved freely.


    This is the first time this happened. If it happens again, how concerned do I need to be? What's the chances I could be damaging the tractor?
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    I wouldn't be worried, the gears are straight cut and sometimes just don't mesh together right, turning in the PTO was the correct fix.


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    What Kennyd said!!

    Absolutely nothing wrong. As Kenny said, the gears just were not lined up.
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    I'm glad you brought this subject up because I've had the same thing happen to me probably 3 times in the 2 months I've had my tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afulton25 View Post
    I'm glad you brought this subject up because I've had the same thing happen to me probably 3 times in the 2 months I've had my tractor.
    If Kenny and Ray say we're good to go, then we're good to go.


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    When you engage the PTO, then turn it off, quickly move the lever then. It's just like when you sometimes have to tap the forward or reverse go pedal to get it in to low or high range.

    You want to move the lever when the PTO is slightly turning.
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    the same thing happens with the range shifter on the 4510.
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    Another trick is to turn the rear PTO shaft by hand until the lever engages. It is more difficult to do that going from rear to front. I usually just flip the PTO switch on and off again for that.
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    I have 3 tractors with pto levers and all of them need some coaxing between on/off, and really only like to go in with the engine running and a slight clutch drag to move the gears into the right spot.

    I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Another trick is to turn the rear PTO shaft by hand until the lever engages. It is more difficult to do that going from rear to front. I usually just flip the PTO switch on and off again for that.
    That's what I do. Just turn the PTO on and off quickly and it's good to go.
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