John Deere 318 User Manual
15. Remove and inspect intermediate shaft assembly; if
equipped with two-speed differential, remove shift rod
assembly with intermediate shaft.
Inspect intermediate gears (B and C) for worn or
Inspect intermediate shaft (D) for worn or damaged
splines or bearing surfaces.
NOTE: Early models have a FLAT thrust washer. Later
models have a TABBED thrust washer. All
service or replacement thrust washers will have
IMPORTANT: It is recommended to replace the early
model (flat) thrust washers with the
later model (tabbed) thrust washers.
The early model washers may spin with
their respective shafts, causing wear to
the case bearing surface.
16. Remove and inspect thrust washer (A) for wear or
17. Two-speed differential; disassemble shift rod by
removing two E-rings (A) and fork (B).
Inspect shaft for straightness, burrs, and damaged detent
lands. Replace if necessary.
Differential/Disassemble and Inspect
316, 318 & 420 Lawn and Garden Tractors