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Topic: JD 5400 hard shifting
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02-12-2001 18:12:49

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The dealer put in a new clutch in my JD 5400 w/TSS trans about six months ago, and it has gotten harder to shift since. They did take the tractor "in two" for the clutch job. Sometimes I need to let the tractor roll a little to get it into gear. I heard about greasing a spline on yesterdays tractor forum. Can this be done without pulling the tractor in half? I was hoping the problem was in the shift linkage on top of the transmission.

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02-17-2001 19:02:42

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Re: JD 5400 hard shifting in reply to Roger, 02-12-2001 18:12:49  
Well, I usually on work on Case's and Kubota's, but it sounds like it could possibly be linkage problems. It sounds to me that they failed to tighten something up, and it has loosened overtime in your clutch linkage and when you push the pedal it is not engaging all the way-hard to say w/out looking at it. Or, it could be that the clutch was not installed properly and something is binding-I would call your dealer and say look-I spent (probably 400-600 dollars) on this thing, and you want a guy sent out one morning to look at it-He (your dealer) should give some kind of warranty(at least a handshake) on his labor-It's a realatively new tractor so it's not like it is a hunk of junk-but I really can't say w/out looking, but definitely look at all the linkage before breaking it in half, even if it means taking the roll bar and fenders off-it
's cheaper than the dealer doing it!

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03-30-2001 20:35:51

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Re: Re: JD 5400 hard shifting in reply to John, 02-17-2001 19:02:42  
The clutch design in the 5000 series tractors require periodic adjustment. Your operators manual will walk you through the steps. This is more of a problem if your tractor is being in a loader type of situation. My TAM says that in some circumstances the linkage might require weekly adjustment.

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