BTW, I found this fix on another forum and wanted to spread it around in case it is of help. Do you know if there are pictures, or a utube video of someone doing this? Is that correct - no tension adjustment? You sure it's a 0 and not a 9? 01 - V-Belt. Mine is a little smaller than yours, and they said it would cost $800+ just for the part. I have a craftsman 2000 dlt with hydrostatic drive. The springs cannot be purchased from manufacturer, only the block assemblys. Works great on flat ground. ... Drive belt is fine. This lever was sticking on mine. Toro Wheel Horse 522xi GT, Honda HS928TA, Honda HS621AS, Honda HS520A, Toro CCR3000 (work in progress), Honda HS624WA. Exmark 48inch & Bridges 36inch walkbehind, Scotts 21 inch walk behind mower,Husqvarna trimmer and blower, Echo PE200 edger,Weedeater & Stihl HL45C hedge trimmers,Echo CS440 chain saw and a Stihl HT101 power pruner, and a El Cheapo pressure washer. This control rod connects to the hydrostatic transmission at a regulator valve, which determines the rate of fluid flow through the transmission and the output speed to … In the meantime I think I've found another hydro transaxle -used- and am gonna try to install myself bar any real brain puzzlers. But I may also try the other guy's suggestion on here -the drill a hole in top of tranny and ad gear oil first. It is the pull lever protruding horizontally from the rear of the frame, approx level with the rear wheels. Thanks for any help. It would suck to replace the tranny and then have all kinds of other items start to fail and you end up spending more time (and money) fixing it than actually using it. Yes, my LTX1000 is a hydro transaxle sealed so my understanding is that it cannot be rebuilt. Hydrostatic Transmission Repairs. I have a DLT2000 Sears lawn tractor with 20 hp Khoeler, 48 in deck purchased in 2001 with 175 hrs on the machine. And yes, check the hydralic fluid. the engine. Does the fluid deteriorate? Hydrostatic mower will not move. I undid the parking brake and instead of it coming back to neutral it came more forward than normal. While engine is running, move throttle control to half (1/2) speed. Everything else on a GT is also much heavier duty and will last much longer than it would on an LT (Lawn Tractor). It may be stuck in the manual mode. Where is the best place to get a replacement transmission and how do I get the part number to order. The hydro tranny is wonderful for hills to adjust the speed according to the condition-up,reverse and turns on the hills. The weak link on my tractor is the tranny. I dont understand why they would design a tractor such as this w/o a transaxle resevoir and the ability to change out the oil. The springs I use are from the hardware store and now cost $.75 and are similar enough to work well. Using a lawn tractor to mow on hilly terrain or pull heavy loads is the kiss of death for those light duty transaxels. I have used it 12 years on 1-1/2 acres of mostly hills and most fairly steep -usually takes about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs to mow all at same time. View and Download Craftsman 917.273100 owner's manual online. Hydrostatic transmissions feature control rod linkage from the speed control lever (or foot pedal on some models) to the hydrostatic transmission. Transmission is going out after 30 mins after starting cold. from the owners manual. Problem is slippage mostly after it warms up. Craftsman Lawn Tractor wont engage (no drive) ... Jimmy - I apologize for the delay in responding (reacting) to your advice following my potential transmission problem on my LT2000 Craftsman tractor ... heard a grinding noise and now my mower won't engage into gear. Had they not offered a percent off and free installation/labor, I would have gone ebay. For example mine drops from $587.07 to $440.80. Thank you for the reply and schematic site. Curtis B. : ... the hydrostatic bypass control rod doesn't engage. Who the hell let all the morning people run things? When you enter your part number you will get the option of purchasing an AYP/Sears part or a Hydro-Gear part. In this position, the mower will not move forward or reverse. I called and talked to a rep and he told me the parts are identical just who you are purchasing from. But when I try to engage the forward/reverse lever the tractor won't move, not at all! steel deck. when it is in forward postion i hear a snapping or clicking noise coming from transaxle. I just bought a new drive belt for my Craftsman 1000, 5 years old. The main drive belt was a little frayed; since I had a spare I put it on with no change. If your hydrostatic transmission is locking up, it's possible that the brake system is malfunctioning when the pedal is pushed. 15 answers. I wrote and was told this transmission is absolete. serviceability does not sound nice if that transaxle is sealed...will be very interested how you make out on that web site, this tranny issue seems to be thermal...i let the tractor cool down it will move but when heats up..........it locks up and even using the, release lever on the rear of tractor to try and move...won't release ....tractor is locked...so sounds like fluid somewhere. I need some help from anyone who knows about riding mowers. It was driving fine just before this. This lever is meant to immobilize the mower as a safety precaution. I did have the Sears tech come out who discovered all the above and gave and showed me in my manual and online the p/n for a new one $1000. mower is only 3 yrs old  and sears wants 800 dollars for new tranny and other vendors dont have this tranny in stock.. transaxle no. I have replaced the drive belt with no success as well as changed out the oil in the tranny oil reservoir. I have a sears craftsman DYT 4000 series..was mowing with it last summer..put on brake to lift deck..after lowering deck mower would not move forward or backward..also had a screeching sound when put in gear..Back tires wont turn at all even when pulled...mower is about 6 yrs.old...wondering if it could be some of these other problems i have read on here such as brake or the gear oil...Seras wants 400.00 for a rebuilt tranny..I know I wont by another Sears mower..have had to put 2 new carbs on it sense I have had it..Should I try some of these suggestions first. It was making a snapping noise with severly reduced speed. Looking for advice...it is a sealed unit, but is it missing some fluid? The Craftsman T-240 with hydrostatic transmission. @oldturkey03, gmac, this should work for your tranny :". Location: Merrimack Valley/Northeastern Mass. You're lucky to have gotten 12 years out of that tranny based on your  conditions and use. If you're careful you can reinstall the same cover, but if you break it you'll have to buy a new one - not expensive by itself but shipping and possible minimum order charges may bite you. i hope that it all works out but still would like all the thoughts anyone may have on my upcoming project. Hydro-Gear Transaxle:218-3010L I got this tractor as part of the deal when I purchased a small acreage. Mine is a 19.5 HP Craftsman with the hydro-static transaxle. I did peruse ebay before buying from Sears. Old Craftsman LT1000 wouldn't move. How much did the tractor cost initially? 8. for a transaxle! I 5. I have a Craftsman 19hp Twin Turbo lawn tractor with hydrostatic transmission. (The block assemblies pump oil). Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean their not really after you. Makes for a long day of mowing. Craftsman lawn mower won't move. 16. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. If so, see if it is exerting ample pressure on the belt. Disengage transmission by placing freewheel control in disengaged position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section of manual). Inspect the drive pulley for damage. If I pdf a picture or drawing, can someone point out where I should drill? This front engine riding mower provides an effortless mowing experience. Fearing the worst I asked Sears what the transaxle would cost alone; nasty! Whether you think you can or you can't... you're right. hitting the support bar sometimes particularly when pulling a loaded trailer). If I return to flat ground or park it for about 30 minutes, it will begin working again. I have a Craftsman LT 1000 (Briggs and Stratton, 42 inch cut) and the trans just crashed. My LT1050 with hydrostatic trans mower suddenly stopped moving this week. Common solutions for: Craftsman Lawn mower not self propelling. Dirt was caked into crevices (and there are a lot of them) near the transmission. Came in to the house and when tried to use mower again, the transmission would not engage. Don't forget about the lever on the back that you pull out and push in to put tractor in the mode to manually push it or use the hydor transmission. 1. anyone know what is causing this in the teansaxle and how you repaired it? Sorry, no idea. I too have tranny problems with my Sears DLT 2000. Turn Tight radius. I changed the front motion drive belt, but this had no effect. CAUTION: At any time, during step 4, there may be movement of the drive wheels. Bash it if you want. I did as instructed in the owners manual several times, waiting about 20 minutes between trials. Slide the lever back up in the keyhole cutout so that the collar releases into the head (top) of the keyhole cutout and the transmission will be engaged. It’s powered by a 19 HP* Briggs & Stratton engine and features a 42 in. i have 3 yr old craftsman riding mower hydrostatic transaxle. After the engine is running, move throttle control to slow position. Good Luck ! Here is a link of one of his auctions: mackrnanr do you have a transaxle part number? I'll take a little more time now to clean and lubricate the lever. I had the Sears repair man out and he said there is no tension adjustment for the belt, which I thought was odd, but he's the pro, right? It would not even roll when the transmission disengage lever was set. Helped, but still starts slipping after 30-40 minutes of mowing. If the belt were released, it would allow the tranny to be shifted. I am thinking it's the tranny, not the brake, because when being towed, one tire will turn forward and the other in reverse! Wondering what to check ... Craftsman 917.289220 won't move. It seems to be the transmission. I don't think you'll really need to even drop the deck. I was mowing recently and turned on the mower blade and the tractor twitched and the blade didnt engage and now the tractor won't … Kubota, Husqvarna and HydroGear manufacture most hydrostatic transmissions used in the U.S.; their products are installed by Sears in its Craftsman range, and by John Deere. Hope this helps, good luck. I like the idea of drilling/draining/and replacing the fluid as I think this could work. Good luck. He was a great guy  full of good info worth every bit of the $96. I used a bamboo skewer for shish kabobs to poke around in there and accumulated quite a pile of dirt. Is there anyone out there that knows of a way that you can swap this type for an older more reliable type? This thing has been nickel and dimming from day one. mackernanr did you try online places? Also pushed the tractor while the tranny was engaged until resistance was felt and after some time the air was out and the tranny works like new now. 8. Shop a huge online selection at eBay.com. or rebuilt $650. Move motion control lever to full forward position and hold for five (5) seconds. Craftsman 20.5 HP Kohler Command V twin Under the seat Model Number: 944.607201 SN:102797C001327 Hydro-Gear Punp BU-102-122?? Ask Question Asked 5 years, 6 months ago. 1. My Sear DLT 3000 was completely immobile. Hydrostatic drive transmissions are filled with fluid and require the operation of a gear driven pump to move the fluid which then in turn drives the wheels. In my search for the solution to my 20HP  V Twin model 272440  hydro transaxel p/n 166678- buy new lawn tractor (didn't like the new model options),spend big bucks on new or rebuilt replacement or buy a used one online (questionable reliablilty) I have also experienced some of the other problems along with  transaxle probs you guys have discussed on here and would like to offer what has worked for me. If you google hydro-gear you should get a few. I don't think it's the brake grabbing as it makes a snapping noise when it happens. Repeat this procedure three (3) times. I would definitely change out the dino oil and replace it with the same viscosity synthetic oil which has a much higher temperature tolerance. With motion control lever in neutral (N) position, slowly disengage clutch/brake pedal. ...or will it work the same? Registered User. I found that the brake lever on the tranny was sticking when the pedal was pressed. Same here, Sears will come and look at it for 99.99, I’m going to a local guy that will diagnose for 20 bucks. http://www.m-and-d.com/Hydro-Gear_parts.html. With the motor running, it would make a ratcheting sound and drag the motor when trying to move forward or back. There are a total of 10 springs in two block assemblies in the trans. With motion control lever in neutral position, slowly disengage clutch/brake pedal. Hi, I know this an old thread, but I'm having similar problems to the OP. Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position. With motion control lever in neutral (N) position, slowly disengage clutch/brake ,_pedal. Post Jul 01, 2011 #1 2011-07-01T17:51. Wonder if yours would fit mine? Try this link: i have a sears DLT2000 lawn tractor...also getting a transmission issue as of last week. Tried to download manual but that did not work. The engine runs fine but the transmission won't engage at all. The clutch pedal does. After the tractor moves approximately five. Try googling those numbers. I mow approximately 2.5 acres, with half of that on a slight incline (10ft drop over 100 ft). Hello - I have a 10 year old Sears 18.5 hp GT model 917.251481. 10 years old. is 2000-006A made by tecumseh..... You got your moneys worth out that LT and it earned it's keep but you may want to consider either a new LT (and hope for another 12 years) or spend a few extra bucks and get a GT that is more up to the task. All green. - but it is considered not "user-serviceable". MrFixAll Update 4/30/08, I just finished repairing my HYDRO-GEAR trans again. Thanks! 20 horse kholer 50" cut, hydrostatic. I pulled it off and broke it down and found nothing burnt, broken, galled, or snapped. I cant vouch for him but his feedback looks pretty good and his prices are good. 6. Try it out and let us know how the price differs from Sears. Made sure engage lever was properly set. 6. Could it be the transaxle? Ithink he gives the hydro-gear part number in the description. 14. The hydrostatic transmission with foot-pedal control and high-back seating will provide a precise ride as it glides through turns with a 5 in. I have a Craftsman 15.5 HP Hydrostatic Riding mower. 5. "They don't make 'em like they used to" definitely applies to the tractor world (and other OPE as well) these days. Good luck! It's older. As you mentioned, perhaps the brake, or brake linkage, got stuck? If I could get a new tranny for $400 I probably would. With the brake engaged/released, does the cable/rod move smoothly back and forth? This thing has been nickel and dimming from day one. This time the transmission worked great almost immediately. The mower will now move forward and reverse. Engage transmission by placing freewheel control in engaged position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section of manual). Accessibility. There is no drain, there is not really a fill hole either, but rather what would appear to be a vent. You may want to consider a  used Garden Tractor (GT) as a replacement based on the much heavier duty (ground engaging) transaxel that is typically found on this type of tractor. I’ll let you know what the local guy says, and make sure I go to church this Sunday. It was running fine, no fluid leaks or anything obvious. If the drive pulley is defective, replace it. wolfsmane. Checked belts, changed fluid, etc. I emptied the recovery tank and refilled the trans with Carquest Premium Tractor Fluid. Then recently started getting another noise (it was the fan on top of trans. I have a Craftsman model #917.276681 24 HP 42" cut riding lawn tractor with . 22.0 HP ELECTRIC START 50'' MOWER AUTOMATIC GARDEN TRACTOR. With motion control lever in neutral (N) position, slowly disengage clutch/brake pedal. With all I have read about all the problems with this type of tranny. steel deck. I don't want to damage the unit if I can't replace it. Recently, the tractor does not go up hills or at any incline like it used to. Most contemporary full I have a Craftsman 19hp Twin Turbo lawn tractor with hydrostatic transmission. Get outdoors for some landscaping or spruce up your garden! Oil was kind of dirty so I soaked everything in a parts washer and cleaned it up. It CAN be rebuilt - the Sears guy even quoted you a price for a rebuilt trans, right? Your Craftsman mower has a Hydro-Gear model 319-0650 transmission (http://www.m-and-d.com/pdfs/hydrogear/319-0650_150071.pdf) Sears part #150071. The main drive belt was a little frayed; since I had a spare I put it on with no change. If you urchase direct from Hydro-Gear you get a considerable break on the price. After everything dried, I re-assembled and filled with new oil. 917.273100 lawn mower pdf manual download. Those are very lightweight and will provide good service as long as you only mow on mostly flat ground. After the engine is running, move throttle control to half (1/2) speed. I have dragged this up and down the lawn and the driveway in forward and reverse trying to free it up to no avail! Since it happened all at once, including when you applied the brake, and moved the mower deck, it makes me wonder if something more straightforward happened. I filled the recovery tank about 1/3 full. I have a 1998 Yard machine Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor and the transmission seems to be locked in gear. ( See http://www.m-and-d.com/Hydro-Gear_parts.html ). Set the lawn tractor park brake to prevent the lawn tractor from shifting or rolling while working. Another thing to look for is grass accumulation on the hydro unit itself or a broken cooling fan - this causes it to heat up & become more inefficient. He said the front bearing was going out allowing the tranny to move upward thus the fan blades hitting the support bar. Welcome Tremblay....  How old is the machine?? I've kept the oil changed and lubed every year. It is also possible to upgrade it to a K66 model which is MUCH heavier and readily serviceable. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. IMPORTANT: Should your transmission require removal for service or replacement, it should be purged after reinstallation before operating the tractor. After I dropped the deck and cleaned that, I was on my back staring at the drive belt and system. I think that it needs to have the air bled out of it, but I don't know how to do it. 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