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Tractor and 4 Wheeler attachments. Vanguard engines. Free outdoor power equipment technical support.
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Q:  I own a John Deere 318. I have had no issues with the tractor until this winter when I got a model 49 snowblower added to it. I noticed I was a bit low on hydro fluid so I added some dexron 3 to get it back to where I could see it in the sight glass. Ever since then I feel like the speed is somewhat slower going forward and reverse.  Could my hydrostatic pump or transmission be damaged?  Sometimes when I push on the lever it feels like I can't get it to go all the way forward or all the way reverse. Any help you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated.

A:  Your brake linkage is also connected to your hydro. You need to make sure that brake linkage is not touching the hydro linkage.

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Q:  I have a John Deere 300 garden tractor. The tractor broke down in the middle of the yard and I finally found out from your blog what that knob between my legs was for. ANYWAY, I pushed it maybe 25 ft. into my garage, found the problem, fixed it, then screwed the knob back to what I thought was  full open. Now I only have forward and no reverse. What have I screwed up now?

A:  You need to remove the fender deck and then remove the cover on top of the transmission and make sure the plate that hits those 2 buttons is sprung down.

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Q:  I'm trying to help a friend find a new engine to replace the factory one in his Case 446 garden tractor. He doesn't want to have to modify the hood. From what I saw the 23 hp vanguard requires some cutting to be done. Does the 18 hp vanguard fit without modifying the hood?
A:  You do not need to cut the hood on either one of my engines, the 18 hp or 23 hp. I have a bracket that bolts onto the front hinge on the hood. Actually most of the time it is not even necessary to use that bracket.

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Q:  Jim do you know if a 48 inch mower deck that was on and John Deere 317 garden tractor will fit and work on a John Deere 140?

A:  Yes, they will interchange.

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Q: I have a 1973 John Deere 140, it's a great machine but my battery keeps going dead.  We put it on a load test at a battery store and it tested okay.  I charged it and put it in the tractor and put an electrical tester on it and it read 12,8 volts.  How do I know if the load test is accurate or if the charger in the 140 is bad, and if so what charges the battery in a 140?

A:  Hook you voltmeter up to your battery and start up the engine, run it at 3/4 throttle for a few minutes.  The voltmeter should read from 13 to 15 volts.  If it reads 12 to 12 1/2 volts you have a faulty charging system.

This is the type of email we love to get! --Just wanted to let you know that the Vanguard engine you sent me to repower my 1967 Cushman worked like a charm. I was replacing the original 12 HP Kohler 301S and the new Vanguard 18 HP fit in  almost exactly!  The only major  modification I had to make to the engine was to cut off 1” of the output shaft.  The bolt circle for the clutch bell housing fit exactly and the motor mounts lined up within about 1/8-14” so I just modified 2 of the motor mounts to slide over a bit. The rest was just a matter of fabricating a throttle linkage.

Started right up and runs great.

I am extremely happy!

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