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WD Transmission Growl

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07-12-2003 20:36:56

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I have a good running WD with M&W pistons. I started it up this summer and the tranny wines in every gear. It drives fine but the noise bothers me. Has anyone else had this problem? Where should I start, throwout bearing, rear end, final drives? I rebuilt the engine a few tears ago but I know nothing about the drive train. Any Suggestions? I hate to keep running it and tear something up its a handy tractor to have around.

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Dave in Mo

07-14-2003 10:03:37

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 Re: WD Transmission Growl in reply to Nick, 07-12-2003 20:36:56  
Like the others have said, mine growls from the straight cut gears in the final drives, depending upon the load, been doing it since day one and runs fine.........................

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Dave K

07-13-2003 09:08:15

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 Re: WD Transmission Growl in reply to Nick, 07-12-2003 20:36:56  
All the straight WD's growl, have since we bought our first new one in 1948. Just be sure your tranny lube is full and service those final drives also!


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07-12-2003 21:08:39

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 Re: WD Transmission Growl in reply to Nick, 07-12-2003 20:36:56  

Probably normal if your tractor has a straight shift lever as these tractors had the straight cut gears. I have a curved shifter on my late model WD and it is quiet.

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Dan E (AL)

07-12-2003 20:57:59

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 Re: WD Transmission Growl in reply to Nick, 07-12-2003 20:36:56  
Mine makes some noise mostly in 2nd gear but a little in all gears. don't know if that is normal or not. Had no problems so far

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07-13-2003 18:14:10

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 Re: Re: WD Transmission Growl in reply to Dan E (AL), 07-12-2003 20:57:59  
I have followed discussions on WD transmission noise at least a couple of times here. It seems some do make a bit of noise. I have one, and I have just got it going, not put a lot of time on it, and it isn't ready to work yet, but it doesn't make any noticeable noise. If you are concerned about it I would take the top off of the transmission with the oil drained and see if you can see any damage to gear teeth, loose bearings, etc. You can't really see the bearings too well, especially on the counter shaft in the bottom of the transmission, but maybe gently prying it right and left you might see some play. If the noise is the same in 4th gear it probably isn't in the transmission as in 4th the input and output shaft are locked together and the gears do nothing but spin with no load. It could be one of the bearings these shafts ride on, but I would think the noise would be less with no real load. Maybe your noise is the rear end? The rear end spins faster with each gear higher, does the noise change pitch as the gears go up? You can look into the rear end by pulling the cover of the back of it, same time as the transmission when you have drained the oil out. There are 3 drains, rear end, cover UNDER transmission, and PTO. Two fills on the left side behind the hydraulic fill, they are screw in plugs. As someone said do a oil change on the final drives too, some of them are really bad ans nobody bothers with them.

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