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My Craftsman lawn tractor with 19 horse B & S Twin with hydrostatic transmission loses speed and power in forward and reverse as it warms up. Within 20 minutes reverse will be gone and forward mo

Motor runs fine. Transmission noticeably gets worse as it heats up.

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More than likely your low on transmission fluid. I heard alot of this pertaining to hydrostatic transmissions on yards with inclines. I would check your fluid level .

Posted on May 17, 2014

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is it hydrostatic drive? if so you probably need to change filter and fluid

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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SOURCE: Hydrostatic Transmission Failure

There is a transmission bypass lever on the back of the mower, if the bypass is moved out of the drive position, it will not drive in either direction, and will be really easy to push.

Posted on May 03, 2009

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SOURCE: We have a 1 yr old Craftsman 24 HP lawn tractor

It sounds like the brake plate is sticking on the transaxle,if you look on the right side of the transaxle a rod and spring run back from the front to a plate,under this plate are two 1/4 pins that actuate the brake pads on the disc,lubricate these pins with wd-40 and move the plate back and forth to see i this frees the problem up.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Loss of drive in a Craftsman Lawn tractor

I also have a Craftsman tractor with the same problem. Sears repairman said it needed a new transmission and it would cost $1,400 to install. A new one is about $1,000. Anyway, if you remove the battery and the battery tray under the seat it will expose the transmission fill hole (hex). I opened the top and it looked empty. I had a bottle of 90 weight gear oil in my shop and filled the transmission to the top. I have not had any problems with it since. $4.00 bottle of oil verses a new tractor is worth a try.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009

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Hi, your problem is caused by the transmission over heating. Remove the battery and battery carrier and clean all grass and debris from the hydro cooling fins and fan. Hope this is helpful, regards Phil.

Posted on Sep 08, 2011

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