Since the weather in central Pennsylvania has finally warmed up a bit, I decided to take the sheet metal off my new-to-me 420. As this is my first Deere, I figured it will pay to have a look on the insides.
After I replaced the engine and tranny fluids, I fired it up. Yeah to me, it started and didn't blow up.
Unfortunately, I noticed that the rear end of the engine-to-tranny drive shaft has a horrible wobble, with lots of play in the universal joints, and a little at the rear splines. The front end is tight.
I would really, really, really like to avoid disrupting the engine mounting in order to replace the cross and bearing assemblies. Has anyone every tried to replace them in situ? Is it even physically possible? I have exactly zero experience with these, but I'm very willing to get greasy and work.
I suppose that if I must slide the motor forward, I will, but at first blush, that seems like a lot more work. Heck, I don't even know if there is a shaft at the back of the motor, or if the flange simply bolts on. That would certainly make it easier.
This has a relatively new Honda GXV 670 in it, if it matters.
Thanks for any thoughts. Free beer to anyone near State College.