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Now my tractor is running well it is time to turn my attention to all the essential adjustments that will have been overlooked/are needed for optimal life - i will be doing the rear end play tomorrow, what other adjustments/ checks should i be doing? Consider every check required as who knows how onto it previous owners were. Thanks
 

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Thanks Rick, i have every manual going, have used to get the S8D going perfectly, i suppose i was more asking if there is a shortlist of essential adjustments from which i can then refer to the manual on the correct how to. Noting the manual shows the adjustment for things that would only be done upon intial assembly etc
 

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Clutch & brake adjustment, fluid condition and level in transaxle/hydro, tire air pressure, are a few I like to check over spring and fall.
 
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Transmission is my current headache - it must have leaked at one point so the PO has stuffed it full of grease, (hence the order for new gaskets :p ) I have scraped as much out as I can and have 90wt oil sloshing round in there at the moment to break up the rest, will drain and refill with new gaskets when they arrive. Anyone know a good trick for removing grease from gearboxes?.
 

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We used to use kerosene or diesel. Slosh it around in there, drain it out, refill with proper lube, slosh it around and drain that out, then refill with fresh lube.
 
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WD40 is about as good a grease cutter as there is. Spray it in there, let it soak a bit and use any thing you can into the smaller places to get the grease out. Then use a brush to finish up. Use to use it all the time on chain drive motorcycle back wheels. Had to keep the chain lubed and it would fly all over the back chrome rim. Spray it down with WD40, let a soak a bit and wipe it off. Still use it to de-bug the front of a vehicle. A good cleaner but not worth crap as a lubricant.
 
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Did the rear end play today, Interesting was even doing up LH nut very tight the gears did not bind. However it only took a few turns from RHS to nut the gears up when I did that side. I didn't get the LH nut up enough to bind - I would have had to put the wheels on the ground to stop them spinning. As it was i was leaning my weight on the wheel to stop it spinning. I followed the manual to the T, just didn't want to get carried away as the manual states to 'snug up' only. Anyone see any problems with not getting it right up to bind point on LHS? As stated I did the nut up tight before I backed it off.
 
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