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John Deere 318 Drift Shaft Grease Fittings

Paul Vogel I am trying to perform maintenance on my JD 318 and am having trouble with what I think should be a pretty basic item. I am trying to grease the driveshaft that has three grease fittings (one in front and two in rear). However, I having dificulty getting to the fittings. It would really help if I could find a way to manually rotate the shaft so the fittings would align in an accessible conifiguration. I start and stop the enginer, the shaft spins, but when I stop the tractor they never seem to end up in an accessible alignment. I even tried driving the tractor to no avail.
Dave Paul - The two methods I used were:

1. Pull both plugs, use a wood dowel, and push on the flywheel to rotate the drive shaft to where I could reach the grease fittings. This was with the tractor up on jack stands and I approached the fittings from underneath with the belly screen removed.

2. Pull both plugs, pull the fender deck, access the grease fittings from above. This I found to be the easiest approach.

Good luck - Dave

Paul Vogel Thanks Dave. Will try No. 2


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