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John Deere 724D Sticks in Forward

Hello and hopefully someone has experienced this before with either John Deere or Ariens snowblowers (I believe the JD is actually an Ariens painted green). My JD 724d keeps sticking in forward gear with the traction control lever fully released. The drive does eventually release, but happens again shortly thereafter. Backed off adjustment on drive lever cable as well with no help. Manual and forum searches didn't help. Any help appreciated. Thanks!

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That video looked helpful and I will double check inside the transmission for any issues. Thank you!
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Let's us know if it needed cleaning and lubing on that shaft and if that cures your problem.

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Nothing seemed to be hanging up and the wheels spun freely through all gears. Shaft also seems to be adequately lubed. When traction lever isn't applied there is a sufficient gap between the friction disc and wheel. Only seems to happen when I am operating the machine and it does it about 75% of the time.
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I think I misunderstood at first. Are you saying it stays in gear after you've released the drive lever ??

If so it might be that the drive disc is sticking and the springs can't pull it back all the time. Or that once engaged it sticks/jams then. I'd try to lubricate the shaft right under the drive disc where it's supposed to slide inside the bearing. I'd check the drive plate. If you try to wiggle it there shouldn't be much movement. Maybe the bearing or mounts are worn or maybe just needs a little lube.
In the pictures it's hidden by that green plate.

https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/.../pgId/26753568

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It does and I'll give that a try. Sounds like that might be a fix since it happens intermittently.

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You should also check that friction disc. I can't tell from the photo how much rubber you have left. If it's well worn and not much rubber is left it makes that plate have to travel further to make contact with the disc.

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The original PN was AM123355 and the substitution is M110594 https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/.../pgId/26724537

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I think I misunderstood at first. Are you saying it stays in gear after you've released the drive lever ??

If so it might be that the drive disc is sticking and the springs can't pull it back all the time. Or that once engaged it sticks/jams then. I'd try to lubricate the shaft right under the drive disc where it's supposed to slide inside the bearing. I'd check the drive plate. If you try to wiggle it there shouldn't be much movement. Maybe the bearing or mounts are worn or maybe just needs a little lube.
In the pictures it's hidden by that green plate.

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Okay, went back in and lubricated the shaft under the drive disc like you suggested and so far, so good! Used a spray lubricating oil and tested it for about 10 minutes with no hang ups. Temperature is currently about 30 degrees, so not sure if that shaft will hang up again if it gets real cold? Also, friction disc rubber appears to be okay (replaced it about 4 years ago).

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