Originally Posted by PassedDownRider
So I recently inherited a STX38 and have the following problem. Any help or direction is greatly appreciated, as I dont have the $ to bring to the shop.
The motor purrs, but I can't get it into gear. The gear lever move freely from reverse to fifth gear without the clutch engaged. Wanting to use this as a learning experience, I replaced what seemed like a worn gear drive belt. This did not help and hence why I am writing today. Can anyone give me any direction on what else could be causing this issue? Is there a way to track down a repair manual for real cheap too?
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It sounds like it's either a part that is in the linkage is missing or broke ,or, something is broken in the transmission itself. Before assuming the latter, I would take a good look underneath and see what could be causing the lever to move freely. Is everything intact, no loose hardware etc etc is what I would be looking for.
JD does offer manuals, but I think in order to view them electronically, you have to pay for them. John Deere Ag - New Equipment: Technical Publications - Equipment List
I did look around on the net a bit more for a downloadable service manual for the STX, but did not find one. I will post one up if I do.