Good day gents, forgive me for asking a question on my first post.
My buddy dropped off his 5101E for me to use for a week. He told me ahead of time the front driveshaft was "missing". however it should be fine in 2WD. If I understood him correctly, he heard a noise coming from under the tractor. The dealer picked it up, couldn't replicate the noise, and returned it. Shortly after he heard the noise again. I quizzed him as to the details of use shen the noise occured. He said he was driving on a paved road when the noise started. Then, the noise simply quit. He parked the tractor and the next time he used it, he had no 4WD. Upon inspection, he noticed the front driveshaft was missing. One of the plastic shields was still there and one splined coupling. Is it possible that running in 4WD on pavement caused the shaft to twist or break?
I'd like to repay the favor of using his tractor by replacing the missing driveshaft parts. However, I'm wondering if there is something more serious wrong. It has about 1,000 hours on it and the underneath shows no signs of damage. The rear gearbox is quiet and spins free in 2WD and turns in 4WD. With the front tires off the ground, the wheels and differential spins free and quit. There's no sign of oil leaking.
Logic dictates $600 worth of parts and a little labor (looks pretty simple to install) should have the 'ole girl up running. Or, am I missing something more serious? thanks in advance for any advice. KT