Sorry Jeff, I don't think that they would force the PTO shaft into the tractor like that on production, they would just throw the shaft out and use another, they would not have time to mess around like that. The problem that you had would be that the shaft did have a slight twist in it. The tolerance on the splines is very small to prevent rattling when the Pump is working, just a slight twist would have caused that problem...John(UK)...email@example.com
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