Sounds like broken differential bolts to me. If transaxle housing isn’t broken, maybe easy fix.
Sorry one correction, just to not be confusing: i meant whether the motor could have popped out to the LEFT, not right. Kind of direction-dyslexic some times.Hi, OK, I'm back after opening it up (sorry did not have cell phone with to take a photo)
Question- if I cannot see any loose bolt pieces and all the bolt heads and nuts seem tight, no wiggle, AND if the transaxle behaves kind of like a differential where when you rotate one of the raised axles the other side rotates in the opposite direction, could it still be the bolts snapping and jammed gears inside the gear mechanism where the axles come together? I am kind of thinking not.
Also I have a bit of a strange idea of what the problem is, when the hydraulic side motor wheel (left side, facing forward) is bolted all the way on it seems to jam against the motor case and does not turn. Now I am wondering if this was the problem all along. It would explain why perhaps the motor would only drive the right side in high gear (too low a gear ratio to free the jammed wheel) while running in low gear (more power to both wheels so manages to scrape along on the left side). I will try running the engine with the rear jacked up and see whether I can get both axles to turn in low and high gear with the wheels off. However what would cause that? it seems really strange that the necessary clearances are not maintained, could the hydraulic motor have popped out a bit to the right at some point? Pretty sure these are the original wheels. If it is just wheel rim clearance aI may just make a circular shim plate and bring the left wheel out 3/16 inch or so.
Also does anyone know what type of bolts the motor is mounted to the transaxle with? looks like some sort of splined bolt.
Thanks again, Steve