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Dixon Z-Drive Transaxle Removal Procedure

Written By: Jack Hayes

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  •     Estimated Time Required 25 minutes
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Tools and Parts


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(1) 7/16" combination wrench
(1) 9/16" combination wrench
(1) 3/4" combination wrench
(1) 11/16" combination wrench
(1) 9/16" socket
(1) 12" socket drive extension
(1) ratchet drive
(1) shop hammer
(1) mechanical punch (drift)
(1) needle nose pliers or spring tool


List of parts needed


Describe the work to be performed

Dixon Transaxle Removal

Step 1

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1. Using a 1/2" socket, 12" extension and ratchet, loosen the drive belt keeper located to the left of the transaxle.

Step 2

Figure 11
2. Push/pull the drive belt tensioner away from the drive belt.

Step 3

Figure 12 3. Remove the drive belt from the transaxle drive pulley.

Step 4

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4. Using a 9/16" socket, 12" extension and ratchet, remove four bolts from underside of mower which hold the transaxle in place.

Step 5a

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5. Remove the seat assembly by doing the following.

a. Using a 1/2" wrench, remove the seat rod nut located on the right (left) side of the

Step 5b

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b. Disconnect the seat switch.

Step 5c and 5d

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c. Remove the seat rod by pulling it toward the right (left) side of the seat.

d. Remove the seat

Step 6a

Figure 17
6a. Using needle nosed pliers, disconnect the brake link from the right side of the transaxle.

NOTE:  On models built prior to July 17, 1996, remove the clips from both the left and right side of the brake shaft.  See Figure 19 for the location of the two clips.

Step 6b

Figure 18

Location of roll pins on a three piece brake shaft.

Step 6c

Figure 19

Location of roll pins and clips on one piece brake shafts.

NOTE: The one piece brake shaft was used on mowers built prior to 17 July 1996 and is a solid shaft rather than a tube as is used on later applications.

Step 6d

Figure 20

Location of roll pin on right side (1 of 4) on units built prior to 17 July, 1996.

Step 6e

Figure 21

Location of roll pin on left side (1 of 4) on units built prior to 17 July 1996.

Step 7

Figure 22

7. Using a shop hammer and mechanics punch (drift), drive the roll pins out of the cross shaft.

Step 8a

Figure 23
8a. If the mower has a one piece shaft and slide the cross shaft to the left side of the chassis and allow it to drop downward out of the way.

Step 8b

Figure 24

Step 9

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9. Using a 9/16" socket and ratchet, disconnect the ball joints from the transaxle (ball joints will stay attached to the drive levers in the chassis).

Step 10

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10. Push the transaxle toward the front of the chassis and remove the primary chains from the drive sprockets.

Step 11

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11. Lift the transaxle out of the chassis.