Need Spindle Advice

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Old 05-22-13, 04:17 PM
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Need Spindle Advice

Hi all,

I've got a John Deere pushmower - JS26. Today while scalping the lawn I hit a root and bent the spindle. I changed the blade, but it was clear that the vibration and lop-sided cut was the spindle. I actually finished the yard though.

So, can I buy a new spindle and easily change it out at home? Google didn't seem to offer much info in this area. I've never changed a spindle and don't know if any special tools or talent might be needed.

Any reply is much appreciated!
 
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Old 05-22-13, 04:32 PM
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I believe what you are calling a spindle is actually an extension/part of the crankshaft. Normally that would require a re-build and hope nothing else in the engine is damaged.

If it's just the blade adapter (or whatever it's called) should be easy to change with a puller and a new part.
 
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Old 05-22-13, 04:39 PM
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Ahh, ok. Sounds like I need to look at it more closely.

Is this puller something special I'll need to buy?
 
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Old 05-22-13, 05:14 PM
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If it's just the T shaped piece at the bottom of the shaft..that's what I meant by a blade adapter. You can borrow pullers from many auto parts stores...and you may not even need it. A few sprays of PB Blaster or similar penetrant (not WD40), few hours of soaking and a few taps with a hammer may knock it off.
 
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Old 05-23-13, 04:13 PM
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It sounds like the shaft off the engine is bent because when you hit something substantial like the stump, it is most likely going to be bent. If you are capable of taking apart the engine, I would suggest doing that and looking for any damaged parts in the engine.
 
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Old 05-23-13, 06:14 PM
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I'd leave the engine together and find a shop with a shaft straightener. There are some people who will say shaft straightening i snot safe, but I have never had one break and have never seen or heard of one breaking after being straightened.
 
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