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Ariens Yard Tractor 935 Series - initially drives, then stops moving as it gets warm

I was gifted this yard tractor recently. The owner said that it ran, and it does - it easily starts, the the mower blades spin, the engine sounds fine and it even moves forward and backward for a little while. But then, after 15 min. of mowing or less, going forward or backward becomes progressivley more difficult until the tractor doesn't move at all. After awhile sitting, the tractorwill move forward again. Any ideas on what this is? And what the fix is?

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  • Antonio Boscia
    Antonio Boscia May 11, 2010

    is it belt or hydraulic driven?

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Is it a hydrostatic tranmission? If so, sounds like the fluid might be old or not the right viscosity. Recommend changing the trans fluid, and use recommended viscosity of fluid.

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

  • Al Perry Feb 06, 2009

    Is it a hydrostatic tranmission? If so, sounds like the fluid might be old or not the right viscosity. Recommend changing the trans fluid, and use recommended viscosity of fluid.

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