JD 5045d Problem
What transmission do you have? If it is 9-speed (3×3) you should only have to stop when shifting gears (A, B, C) (unless you are proficient in driving an unsynchronized transmission); not gears 1,2 or 3.
Or are you saying that the problem is that the tractor stops every time the clutch is depressed? It sounds like the brakes are scraping and stopping you.
What year is your tractor? Does the axle where the differential is located (where the brakes are) feel hot after driving? There are a lot of threads here about the 50 series brakes (too little / too much).
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My entire answer was eaten by a gremlin, so I’ll try again.
The left lever is the range lever that you choose A, B or R. The right lever is the gear lever that you select 1,2,3 and R.
I have tested all gears in all ranges and the tractor stops abruptly as if I had hit the brakes.
You would think that if the brakes were still engaged (dragging) you would feel it or at least smell a burning smell.
The John Deere representative was confident that this model worked exactly as intended.
I am enclosing a copy of the corresponding page of the operations manual so that you can read it directly.
No matter, I’ll check with the local JD dealer again to make sure nothing can be done.
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I have a 5210 close to your tractor size, similar in design, and it has loaded rear tires. With the loader raised, no attachment, gear and range in neutral, engine off and on level ground, I have no problem pushing it a few meters and I am not a big person. If you can’t push, then what TX Jim suggests is what I would try.
When looking at the JD parts catalog for the 5045d brake disc (5045D, 5055d) the brakes are different than on my tractor, but (always one of those) brake disc (5045e, 5055e, 5065e) it does look like the mine, in the illustration (see attached) it says 5045d. Part number AL181919 has been known to hang and cause what happens to you. Maybe if you give the dealer your serial number they can tell you which one corresponds to your tractor.