Transaxle( 917.271013) Craftman

peculiar1August 6, 2010

I am noticing a slight leak from the transaxle

First, how do I check the level of fluid?

Second, is there a filler cap?

Third, what weight gear lube? and why is this basic stuff not in the manual.. :-(

I need to finish the the season out...will fix in winter..

This is my first nice please...LOL!


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If that is a hydro-static transaxle, they are usually not designed for owner maintenance. The makers figure if you like the tractor, you will invest in a new unit, and forget any maintenance on the old one! Although, there are a few folks here that might have a fix for the problem.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 6:19PM
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Oil is 80 W 90 gear oil.

Here is a link that might be useful: IPL for 917.271013

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 1:01AM
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If you are noting dampness on the outside of the transaxle as opposed to actual dripping, don't sweat it. If there is leaking, pull the battery, set the park brake and pull the driven pulley. Once cleaned- you will see a small plug on top. let the oil container set in the hot sun and do your best to put some oil in the thing. You'll soon know what I mean.
The other version is much more involved which includes pulling the transaxle, cleaning, splitting, cleaning, swearing, cleaning, repairing the leak if possible, more swearing and cleaning- possibly in the end packing it w/ lithium and hoping for the best.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 10:57AM
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