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hydrostatic drive maintenance

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07-09-05, 10:01 PM   #1  
hydrostatic drive maintenance

I have a mtd 18 hp 46 inch cut lawnmower, Now I know this thing has to be 10 years old or more is there any maintenance I can do to the hydostatic drive to help extend the life time ?


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07-10-05, 10:02 PM   #2  
you could change the oil in it, but it isn't recommended. They are concerned you might get some dirt in it. If you do change the oil, I use 5 - 30 synthetic.

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08-23-12, 07:57 AM   #3  
Hydrostatic drive: maintance of (2003 west wood ride on)

Maintanince: is it necessary to top up oil levels even thow there are no leaks (it is slower at climbing slopes than it used to be)

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08-24-12, 10:30 AM   #4  
If it hasn't leaked, then the oil should still be at the factory level. If it's slower than it used to be going uphill, it could be the belt is glazed a bit and slipping a little, or the cooling fins on the pump could have grass clippings and dirt caked up in them. If neither of these are the case, an oil change may well help it. Some units aren't made for the oil to be changed.

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