One of the most common problems in John Deere’s tractors is the chain to reverse break in the transaxle and drive to the housing that locks the rear wheels only when you are in reverse. It can even solve the case on the right side where the chain lives. It’s a little tedious to get back together but you can split the case from the transmission to see what the problem is. There is no oil to worry about, only oil. The shifter shaft shifts the collar to the lower shaft which has a triangular point on the “finger” of the spring using the key method in 5 forward gears on the left. To reverse, the back of the finger engages the sprocket. Or if you want to get more information to fix your problem you could get the john deere service manual to help you understand the problem you face.
But you do not have to worry because you have three choices. Transmission rebuilt is a great option, because that doesn’t mean buying more large parts and you just throwing away what is broken, but it can get really expensive – especially if your time is worth it. In essence, you have to open the transmission and find whatever is broken and replace it. This can be long and replacement parts can be expensive. Best advice: look before you jump. Or you could do transmission replacement. A good choice too, although a little biased towards it, the reason is, again, you’d easily pay $ 300 for it. Being a John Deere, probably all deserve the same thing: it’s a calling you have to make. You can also watch local commercials and internet ads for tractor parts if you can wait a few years.
If you’re a bit of a metalworker, you can also see how to place the different transmissions on your tractor. While this can be tough work, it can be a certain amount cheaper, as you can buy any transmission in the area someone wants to get rid of, or, again, tractor parts. Buy a new tractor is the easiest option. But also (perhaps) the most expensive. If you have a pile of scraps in your garage, you can always get broken and combine parts.