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Why Is My 6216 Leaning? MORE PICS AND UPDATES

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jonshonda
I just aquired this hand-me-down Simplicity 6216. I noticed that when sitting on a flat surface, tires all aired up, that it doesn't sit level, and leans to one side. WHY? [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6480207969_2b94ba36d1.jpg[/img]

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dhardin
I would jack up the fount axle and look on top of the axle on the high side of the tractor for packed grass between the frame and top of the axle. Grass and durt may be keeping the frame from siting freely on the axle bolt.

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Chris727
It looks like its off by an inch or so. Thats a pretty extreme twist. The fames on these tractors were relatively lightweight. I had a 6216 and when on slopes I could feel the frame flex a little. If it was ever dropped off the back of a truck, or fell somewhere, I could definitely see it getting such a twist. If so then its likely not something that can be fixed. Are the rear tires both inflated to the same PSI?

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jonshonda
Thanks for the reply Chris, both tires are inflated correctly. I do notice that the frame is twisting to the side which raises the mowing deck. I am wondering if the tractor sat for a long period of time with the mower deck raised up, creating a twist?

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LesH
I assume that both of the rear tires are the same size?? Check where the transmission housing is bolted to the frame-- they are tight and not loose?? No new shims added?? Is the original transmission installed?? I mean not an almost exact replacement... Check the frame-- any welds broken??

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Al
Hi, Measure the tire diameter and the distance from the bottom of the rim or center of the axle to the ground. It is not uncommon for matched tires to be an inch different in diameter when mounted. Particularly if they are a year or more different in age. This is really true when brand names or tread designs are different. Al Eden

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jonshonda
Well, I dropped the mower deck, and did some more investigating. I cannot see anything wrong with the frame, and I removed and inspected the bolt that holds the front end to the frame, it looks fine. I did fine some other interested items, like the tires pictured. [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6508955281_4f94ac4341_z.jpg[/img] Even though they are both the same brand and size tire, you can see they are not the same size. The wheels do look to be the same. The only thing I noted about the rear axle is that although it appears straight, right side is held on by a u bolt, and I think it should be a bracket instead? Further invesigation to follow. [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6508949443_4050b5bff0_z.jpg[/img] The front end when left to rest hangs as shown...is this normal? I am guessing that because the steering linkage is on that side, there is more weight, which causes the front to appear as shown? [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6508952551_6731febff9_z.jpg[/img] Here is a picture of the machine on jack stands....feeling a little better cuz someone is caring for her!! [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6508947209_8f3a347cdb_z.jpg[/img]

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rokon2813
From this picture, I would start measuring. 1 from floor to axle. if both sides arent the same, I would say tire issue or see #2. 2 check the bearing in the end of the housing, a loose one would allow the axle shaft to "tip" up causing the tractor to lean 3 If 1 is equal, measure floor to bottom of the fenders. If these are off, the problem is likely in the mounting of the axle, or the frame is twisted. If you have a 2 foot carpenters square, you could also check square from the floor to both sides of the "box" part of the frame above the axle If all the rear is good, you likely have a twist in the frame somewhere forward Just my 2 cents


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