craftsman hydrostatic problem


Old 04-17-06, 07:20 PM
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craftsman hydrostatic problem

after mowing for an hour or so i loose forward and reverse. it still moves but real slow . if i let it sit for a hour works fine until it get hot again . any thoughts? thanks..
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Old 04-18-06, 01:17 AM
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Any signs of fluid leaking around/under the tranny? Sounds to me like the tranny is going bad, unless you see a sign of a leak.
Old 04-18-06, 03:34 PM
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there is no signs of any leaking that was my first thought. what would cause it to work fine after sitting for a while.

could the fluid need to be changed? in the manual it says there is no service or maintance needed.
Old 04-18-06, 03:42 PM
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Hydro tranny's run hot as it is but you do not want it to overheat. Check for grass debris build-up on top of the tranny and clean off, if any. Overheating will cause cavitation of the oil and you will lose necessary pressure internally.

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