OK-Having a plus and minus day.
Pluses...got my pad scraped down where I want it and lined it with my backfill material to hold in my stone, (quarter minus), in place. Pushed out some briars and freed up my adjustment screw and lock nut on my steering clutches. Was able to bleed my fuel filter housing at the dial needle and the side needle with my goofy contraption, (other post with pics). The dial needle must have been clogged-took the sleeve out and cleaned it-worked fine.
Minus...ordered fifteen loads of stone for first thing this morning. Three triaxles arrived on schedule, the ground was too soft and all three got stuck.
Plus...I told a driver I had a small tractor we could try to pull them out with but it would take a few minutes to fire her up. He was a little skeptical, I just did not know. My D42T pulled all of them out, SHE WAS MARVELOUS, (i was lucky)!
Here is the big minus-
My control lever for the right steering clutch, (D42T9069SP), lost all resistance while I was pushing a small bite of piled dirt. I took off the inspection plate and noticed the trunion, (3B320), has a lot of play side to side about the axis of the shaft, (3B238). It has no resistance to the outside/right side. The crank, (3B292), holds the adjusting screw, (3B273), just fine to the inside/left and moves fine with the lever. However because there is no resistance when the crank pushes out with lever pulling back, the steering clutch cannot engage. The lever has absolutely NO resistance to the outside.
I did adjust out all the way the adjusting screw, (3B273), and it was not enough to push the screw into the crank socket. I do not think that would have mattered anyway.
Something has snapped. I did not hear anything, but the lever moves totally free. I have not seen the inside of the steering clutch compartment other than from the inspection plate under the seat. Not much room there to see or feel.
I do not think that pulling the trucks made a difference-I did no steering while pulling and pulled them at most 10 feet or so. I did not over exert her on pushing and rarely do I steer while pushing because I could only use my right steering clutch and brake since my left brake drops to the floor with no grab. I have been nursing her along until I have a suitable place to work on her, which is my current project.
The clutch lever has felt different at various times over the past 3 or 4 hours of use, sometimes having significant resistance and other times haveing slightly less. Always, engaging both clutches without using the brake(s) will make the tractor stop but it takes as much as 15 feet of travel, so both have been working.
Any diagnoses is appreciated. And an explanation of what the trunion are connect to that engages the clutch would help too. I have the parts book, service manual, operations manual, (repro sort of hard to see pics sometimes), so I hopfully can follow along with those.
Oh, one more Plus...I have access to this resource.
Thanks as always-