Im sorry for your troubles and sadly this looks to be a big one. I do not have a 2305 and can offer no help to you but I do appreciate you posting about your tractor. This is not the first post I have read regarding bolts missing and/or loose on different JD models. I own a 3520 and I have regularly combated loose/missing bolts on my tractor since purchasing it with 60ish hours on it. I know my post is offering nothing to help your situation however your post certainly helps mine (and maybe others as well) when the time comes to choose the next tractor. Reading about tractors literally falling apart with so few hours plus seeing things within my own model will be factored into my decision next time. I can deal with loose screws holding on various pieces of plastic, no big deal. I can see an occasional loose bolt fastening the fuel bowl, exhaust, or other such components, it sucks but tighten it and move on. However loose, missing, or broken bolts/hardware in critical areas of any machine resulting in these kinds of issues, expenses in repairing, and in some cases potential hazards for the operator is not the kind of things I thought I would be reading about JD products. These are the types of posts that makes me wished I had read more into compact tractors as a whole rather than just 3x20 machines when debating my last purchase.Machine only has 540 hours on it. Goign to dealer in the morning before going other futher. I suspect I will find whole bolts in the sump and some damaged ones.
I agree, the quality control is fully on JDThis kind of failure is completely inexcusable... Who goes over every piece of equipment they own and check every bolt with a torque wrench??
If the vendor can't supply an assembly that is correctly torqued together with thread lock to avoid FALLING APART, they should find a new vendor. This is still on JD.
Hope you can fix it without excessive costs, I'd be looking for a used unit from a salvage tractor.
I'd cry if that came out of my rear axle... Hoping for the best for you!For those followingHere is what I found as I started to get the trans axle housing cover off. Not completely off yet. Ran out of gusto after seeing this last night. Yip five fully intact bolts three sheared ones still two missing might be in the metal filings. Time to drive out a roll pin and get that cover out of the way this afternoon. BTW definitely no lock tight on the bolts. Can reuse 3 bolts is that free parts? j/K BTW no to the leaks before it happened.
Martin,I'm fairly confident John Deere does not build that transaxle, but it comes from an outside vendor. Have you been able to identify who that is and reach out to them?
Often, when you look up parts, such as fasteners, on JD Parts online; it displays the specifications for those fasteners, such as your ring gear bolts. I would start there and gather the specs for those bolts. At that point, a bolt & nut house can likely supply those fasteners at a fraction of the JD price.
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