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Honda HR215HXA hydrostatic drive problem

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06-14-04, 07:50 PM   #1  
Honda HR215HXA hydrostatic drive problem


My mower's hydrostatic drive seems to be giving out. The drive is incosistent, sometimes not moving the mower at all (especially when cold), sometimes slower than usual, and sometimes normal. I suspect the hydrostatic dirive needs to be serviced. My manual only says to take it to an authorized Honda dealer for service. Is there anything I can service myself? Can I replace the fluid myself or is this really a "dealer job?"

The mower is an "early 90's HR215HXA that, as far as I know has never been serviced except, engine oil, air filter, and blade.


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06-14-04, 11:30 PM   #2  
Look under the unit for a drain plug. It may not be user-serviceable. If you find a drain plug, then there should be a fill plug as well. I do not know what type of oil this would use. Hyguard oil from John Deere works well in many hydro trannies, but I would try to find out what oil should be used in yours.

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06-15-04, 03:58 AM   #3  
Sorry, I can't help out here much either. Any Honda specialists out there that could lend a hand? raharold, check back here over the next few days and see if anyone posts with some useful information.

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06-15-04, 09:26 AM   #4  
MTD uses 2.5 qts of SAE 20W50 oil

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06-17-04, 04:25 AM   #5  
Thanks for your rplies. I will put it on ramps this weekend and look for a drain plug.

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06-18-04, 08:35 PM   #6  
No drain plug. I guess it's off to the dealer...

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