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Walking the small gravel trail.into my woodline, I found a shiney new shouldered bold laying right in the center of the path. Its too new looking to have come off of my 758, and i was just going in and out of that path Saturday all day with the 2038. I spent 45 minutes trying to find where it went, with no luck. Only thing close was the rear pto has two bolt holes there and one has paint going into it, but the left hand side has clean threads. That about where the bolt was laying, center of the tractor. Does anything come mounted there during delivery? It threaded right in but I'm at a loss here...
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It can be maddening trying to find the location of a lost bolt. On Gen-1 2-series, those holes had small studs in them that were used to secure the plastic PTO cover. The cover had a flange that would slide over the studs and then turn to lock.

But recent generations of the machines use the little rubber "PTO Condom". :) Perhaps those holes were tapped to allow for use of the hard plastic cover.

Of course, that still doesn't help with where did THAT particular bolt come from. All you can do is crawl all over the machine looking for an open bolt hole. If you could establish a P/N for the bolt you could look it up in JD Parts and it would show you every place it is used on the 2038R.

Below is an illustration of the Gen-1 PTGO cover showing the stud.

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Doesn't look like the bolt was ever installed and tightened. Most likely left by a factory worker, or the dealer tech. This happens more than you think. I've found hardware on equipment in crevasses while performing PDI's.
 

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Doesn't look like the bolt was ever installed and tightened. Most likely left by a factory worker, or the dealer tech. This happens more than you think. I've found hardware on equipment in crevasses while performing PDI's.
I was thinking this but at 35 hrs you would think it would have worked its way out already but who knows. I did have alot of accessories installed. Hope this is true and nothing else falls off! Lol.
 

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if that is a factory JD bolt it is worth upwards of $100, if that would of been painted green it could be upwards of $250. I would oil it and place it in a plastic bag in a safe place under lock and key. One day here in the near future you will find a spot with a bolt missing and go Oh thats where it goes now where did I out that bolt I found ? you will look high and low and be able to find it. You will go to the dealer and............
 

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Looks like the same bolt I recently found loose on my new 2025R.
Under the engine on the 2025R there is a shield? for the front of the oil pan. The shield has two bolts on the front. They are located just in front of the FEL mast. The one on the left of my tractor was loose. It has a nut on the inside of the frame.
I don't know if the 2038 has that shield but maybe look there. I have a post with pictures (sorry, I don't know how to do links on this forum)
 

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I was thinking this but at 35 hrs you would think it would have worked its way out already but who knows. I did have alot of accessories installed. Hope this is true and nothing else falls off! Lol.
Not necessarily. :unsure: Depends on where it was living.

Looks like the same bolt I recently found loose on my new 2025R.
Under the engine on the 2025R there is a shield? for the front of the oil pan. The shield has two bolts on the front. They are located just in front of the FEL mast.
The one on the left of my tractor was loose. It has a nut on the inside of the frame.
I don't know if the 2038 has that shield but maybe look there. I have a post with pictures (sorry, I don't know how to do links on this forum)

This bolt?

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Looks like the same bolt I recently found loose on my new 2025R.
Under the engine on the 2025R there is a shield? for the front of the oil pan. The shield has two bolts on the front. They are located just in front of the FEL mast. The one on the left of my tractor was loose. It has a nut on the inside of the frame.
I don't know if the 2038 has that shield but maybe look there. I have a post with pictures (sorry, I don't know how to do links on this forum)
Was it this one? 2025R Loose bolt
 
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