This Side Had Fewer Bolts And They Sheared Off
I was using the tractor yesterday moving compost from the chicken yard to the garden. When I was about done the engine started making a noise like something was hitting the fan blade so I shut the tractor off to check things. Nothing hitting the fan blade that I could see then I noticed that there were bolts missing on what holds the loader on to the tractor on the right side. On the left side there were 10 bolts that holds the heavy bracket on. On the right side I only see where 7 bolts had been with a place for at least two more bolts. On the left there are 6 medium size and 4 large bolts on the bracket, I took one of the medium bolts out to see what it is like and to try and get some. As far as I could tell, on the left, there was 4 medium and 3 large bolts, if there were more than the 3 large bolts I can’t see the place it would be because of some hoses in the way. I did find 2 of the large bolts on a little ledge they had landed on. One of those, the threads was buggered up and had some of the threads from the engine on it. In moving the bracket around it looks like the medium bolts sheared off as there is no depth to the hole they would screw into. When I checked the engine oil it was out and oil was on everything under the tractor. I’m going to have to take the loader off of the tractor without using the tractor so I can take the bracket off and check the pipes that are around it. Fun, fun.
From Yearly Photo's - 2018