John Deere L118 jerks, clicking noise (with Video)

bertsmobile1

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Congratulation
First time I have ever seen a broken diff
Easy drop in parts but check the cylinder chest on both the pump & motor for gouges made by the shrapnel.
If the magnets have been ding their job it should be fine.
Otherwise Mulligans seem to be the best people for tranny parts
 

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Thanks Bert. Looks like the parts are fairly cheap so I think I'm going to try to repair it just to see if I can. That definitely explains why it was such a god awful noise!
 

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Thanks for the links MM. I was able to order a differential repair kit for about $35 with shipping. I've got some Loctite Superflex Red RTV gasket maker that I think should work ok, so I could get out of this fairly cheaply. Most threads and videos I've found on K46/T40 suggest using 5w50, so that'll be another $30 or so in oil. Altogether, not too bad if I can do it right.

To get me by I rolled the dice and got a used unit on ebay for $170. I drained the oil (which actually looked pretty good) and cleaned the magnet (which also looked pretty clean). I don't know if it was spruced up for sale, but it appeared to be in great shape. I put some fresh 5w50 in, purged the air with a drill, and slapped in it. So far so good! So if I can repair my old one I'll have a spare for my mower and my brother's (his LA115 also uses the T40). I can tow my aerator and dethatcher with slightly less stress, lol.
 

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When I service a fully sealed tranny and do not change the pump / motor unit ( down here they are $ 800 - $ 1000 , about 1/2 the new box price ) I went up to the next highest base viscosity
So I would advise to go to 10W 50 for your old box .
 

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I'm a novice DIY'er ... is the heavier weight basically to reduce seepage through worn seals and scored metal?
 

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YEp.
When they get old & start to slip I used to tip the old oil out & go one thicker
I can do it down here in OZ cause it dos not snow so no need for very low viscosity oil
Old leaky ( intenally ) K46 can run for quite a while when upped from the 10W 40 JD uses to 20W 50 .
If yu fit a new pump / motor then use the original specified grade as there is no wear to compensate for.
A few years ago a back yard machins shop started refurbishing Hydros so I no longer touch them
HE charges about 1/2 the parts price to machine the cylinder block & valve plate back to the original surface finish.
What I find amazing is no one does the same thing over there.
What has happened to the "land of oppertunity "
 
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