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Peerless Transaxle not working

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Marty J

09-02-2007 09:44:12

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My crafsman ride on mower 917-271131 has a peerless transaxle 206-545c 4 speed manual. I was shifting and heard a winney sound after shifting. Then it got stuck and wouldn"t move in either direction. Then I freed it up (seems to be in neutal). The shift lever goes through all the lever marks, but I have no power and don"t have to use the clutch/brake petal. Is it one of the spur gears that have broken? or should I get a used transaxle. Thanks Marty

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Wrench Spinner

09-02-2007 14:50:19

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 Re: Peerless Transaxle not working in reply to Marty J, 09-02-2007 09:44:12  


It sounds like the shift keys broke, It would most likely be cheaper to replace them than buy another trans.....

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Marty J

09-02-2007 20:24:19

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 Re: Peerless Transaxle not working in reply to Wrench Spinner, 09-02-2007 14:50:19  
Thanks, I looked it up in the manual and I think's it the woodruff key #9. I took the tansaxle out of the mover today and played with the shift lever and appears to "click" through the gear stages, but the out put shaft and large pulley doesn't want to engage. The axles turn opposite as they should, but do not turn the upper pulley.

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Wrench Spinner

09-03-2007 05:53:53

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 Re: Peerless Transaxle not working in reply to Marty J, 09-02-2007 20:24:19  

The above pic is your model number trans from my dealer's site. You feel the "clicking" into different gears due to the shift detent ball and spring #20 and #22.

#8 shift keys are most likely broken as mentioned.
The shift collar #9 slides these shift keys into the different gears via the shift fork that has the detent ball and spring to help hold the shift collar/keys in the selected gear.

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Marty J

09-05-2007 17:03:34

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 Re: Peerless Transaxle not working in reply to Wrench Spinner, 09-03-2007 05:53:53  
Thanks, just took the transaxle apart and found (using the same diagram) that I am missing items #30 & #54, six gears instead of seven, so I guess thats the problem. I would like to send you a picture of the internals if I could.

Thanks again

Marty J.

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09-04-2007 09:43:27

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 Re: Peerless Transaxle not working in reply to Wrench Spinner, 09-03-2007 05:53:53  

I just changed a set of these shifer keys on a MTD mower with a peerless transmission this past weekend. The problem was that it would not propel the tractor consistently, and slip. I got my parts from a Cub Cadet dealer since they use the same parts. The keys were about $12.70 each, and I changed them both.

After you get the transmission off the tractor, I would remove the bolts holding the case together and separate it UPSIDE DOWN, since the gears and shafts remain with the top side of the housing, at least that's how my model is made.

You will need to remove both shafts and sets of gears together. Watch out for that shifter ball and spring that gives you the click and detent feel when you shift gears. I had to move the shifter lever just right so I could finagle the shafts out of the housing. After you have both shafts and gear sets on the table, remove 34, 29A, 7 and 9. Remove the the old keys and replace with new ones. I had two extra hands for this part, but you may be able to do it alone. Re-assemble reverse of dissasembly.

This was my first time inside a transmssion, so I am sure if I did it, you can too. Good Luck.

By the way, keep plenty of rags on hand since this is a very greasy job.


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