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Old 07-30-2011, 06:18 PM   post #1 of 17
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Older John Deere 160 Ride On Lawnmower Transmission Troubles - New to forum and looks like a great site for information.
-This lawn tractor has the Kawasaki motor in it if that helps to date it. I don't know the age but bought second hand at least 10 years ago.
Today transmission just conked out and won't hardly do anything in any of the forward gears. Makes a lot of noise when put in any forward gear.
Any ideas on how to repair, replace, where to have it done in Alberta, Canada near Edmonton.
-Does anyone know the cost to repair or replace.?? I have never been able to find a place on the mower to add any fluid to the transmission and a friend who has a similar newer mower same size in his manual it states they are a solid unit and cannot be serviced or fluid checked.
Would appreciate any help or how hard it is to change this out or jobber parts etc. Thank you very much. Dennis
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:25 PM   post #2 of 17
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Welcome Dennis, sorry to hear of the issues with your 160, but all is not lost !, moved this on over to the JD forum so the guys in the know can input on this .

Check out these in our "JD stickys" forum when you can .

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=162154

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=135262
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:46 PM   post #3 of 17
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Hi Dennis,

Welcome welcome!

Just a bit of information for ya regarding your 160... Here's a link to the TractorData.com page about the 160, where you can figure out how old it is based on its serial number. You're actually looking at a machine that's more like 22 years old, probably (not that I would hold that against it)... I haven't had the opportunity (thank goodness) YET to tear into the transaxle on my 160, they're a weak spot on this particular model according to a lot of people... While they're really great for mowing lawns and pushing SOME snow, the Peerless 801 Transaxle in the 160 is NOT up to major heavy work (pushing dirt with the blade, or hauling excessively heavy loads or really banging against huge snow piles...). Here's at least ONE thread about some other folks doing repairs to their transaxles. Some good pics in there.

Here's a link to the Tecumseh/Peerless Transaxle service manual, which I BELIEVE covers the 801 found in the 160... Although again, I've never been inside of mine to be able to tell you definitively if the manual helps...

So, CAN it be fixed? Sure.... Could _I_ fix _MINE_? Probably not... Not yet anyway...

Hope this helps some!
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thanks Jim and Little Tractor Guy, appreciate the quick response. Do you have any idea if there is a way to add fluid to these transmissions or transaxles or check the levels. Has me stumped and the friend with the newer john deere and the manual says they cannot be checked... sealed unit?? Weird. Thanks guys maybe salvageable and may be junked?? Need one with pipes like on this cartoon. Dennis
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thanks Jim and Little Tractor Guy, appreciate the quick response. Do you have any idea if there is a way to add fluid to these transmissions or transaxles or check the levels. Has me stumped and the friend with the newer john deere and the manual says they cannot be checked... sealed unit?? Weird. Thanks guys maybe salvageable and may be junked?? Need one with pipes like on this cartoon. Dennis
As far as I know, there's no way to add fluid to the tranny on the 160... If I understand correctly, if/when you service it, its a full teardown, fix up, then grease the sucker up real good before closing up.... Again, I'm not speaking from experience here, just from what I've read over the past two years...
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:37 PM   post #6 of 17
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It's a gear drive, so fluid level isn't the problem. It's packed with grease.

It's probably popped a few parts inside. You can rebuild them. Parts are pretty cheap. Or, replace them complete for a few hundred.
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Here's what it look like inside your transaxle.



In this thread Here the symptom look like the same as your's, the member as to replace the two input gears in it.



I know you can get parts at Sears part online for your transaxle.
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Hey, THANX Engine_Tech and Stladrill! Since I figure I'll be staring down a transaxle repair on my 160 sometime in the not-too-distant future too, I too need all the info I can get!
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Hey, THANX Engine_Tech and Stladrill! Since I figure I'll be staring down a transaxle repair on my 160 sometime in the not-too-distant future too, I too need all the info I can get!
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Ah Hah ! I knew the guys in the know would be along with good advice .

Sorry Dennis, I guess the links I posted don't do you much good, I thought your 160 had a Tuff Torq hydrostatic tranny in it .

But anyway, thank goodness we have guys like littletractorguy, stladrill, and Engine_Tech around to step in and clarify things and offer great spot on help where needed .
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Jim Quick little FYI......... His 100 series 160 ends in a "0".. "5"'s are Hydro ie. 165 175 185, Just an FYI for what it's worth.
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its just grease in there,no way to add,i took mine apart today cause i couldn't get the wheel off,then a spring and ball fell..ohoh where do these go,when i put new bearing s in i'm going to sqeeze some of that sticky lucas all over in there plus new corn head grease
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Jim Quick little FYI......... His 100 series 160 ends in a "0".. "5"'s are Hydro ie. 165 175 185, Just an FYI for what it's worth.
Katt, good info. .
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Has anyone ever successfully gotten the wheel off a 160 ??
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Has anyone ever successfully gotten the wheel off a 160 ??
I'm SURE SOMEONE must have.... Hopefully.... Anyone?

[insert chirping of crickets here]

Anyone?
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