K51 TuffTorq problems
Well, after 7 years and 300 hours the hydro on my Scotts 1642 has started to act up. It started making a loud screeching noise (like a dry or bad pulley bearing makes) when I switched from reverse to forward mowing my lawn. Now moving the lever much past half way in either direction causes the noise and the forward/reverse motion stops. If you keep the speed real slow, it will move along without the noise until you try and make a turn. I was hoping it was just the old belt slippling, so I replaced it. No change/no luck. When I jack up the rear end of the tractor and engage the lever, there's no noise at any setting. When it's on the ground, back to the loud screech. It get worse when you try to make a turn. (More load on the tranny). It's quiet sitting there in neutral. It kills me because I have kept the tractor so beautiful all these years and it still looks new and runs great otherwise.
I'm hoping someone here might have another solution to the cause of the noise as a new trans costs more than the tractor is probably worth. FWIW, this happened with absolutely NO warning whatsoever: no slipping, no other odd noises... NOTHING. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.