Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/JD 145 Steering Gear


jim wrote at 2014-09-23 14:53:46
on the john deere steering gears on like la145.

yes they wear out.

i got 5 years out of mine at 500 hrs.

the folks that grease outside of 2 gears seem to wear out quicker.

i can only figure that dirt gets in grease and acts like grit grinding the gears faster.

my neighbor stopped greasing his and thinks that caused it to wear faster.

i think if you do a lot of turning it wears quicker also.

metal just is not real hard and will wear out.

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I specialize in two cycle questions and repair, specifically chainsaws. But have worked on Outdoor Power Equipment for 18 years. So lawn mower/small engines are also what I work on everyday. Being in KY, snowblowers are very rare, so their drive systems I am not familiar with. Electrical work on Generators is something I do not get into either, as I have no training in that area. Also, I have little experience with boat motors, mini bikes, 4 wheelers, motorcycles, etc.


I have worked in the Outdoor Equipment Industry since 1990, and have been active giving online help to do-it-yourself types since 2000, and also am skilled in parts lookup help as well. When working at larger dealerships, I have always filled the "Two Cycle Man" position, as it is an area that can be tricky to diagnose and repair.

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