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I use 10 W 30

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Either one will work fine. They both give the same protection. However, if you use the mower in the winter (for snow moving) you will prefer the 10W30 for easier starting. Here's an explanation of what multi-viscosity (like 10W30) oil is all about. Any weight (thickness) of petroleum oil has a characteristic temperature vs. viscosity curve. They all get thicker when cold and runnier when hot. Multi-Vis oil uses additives to modify that curve. 10W30 has the viscosity of a 10W oil when it's cold, but when it's hot it doesn't get as thin as a 10W oil. Instead it only gets as thin as a hot 30W oil. (this is much easier to see as two superimposed curves). The only downside of the multi-vis oil is that when it's been run in a hot engine long enough the additive tends to break down and it starts to behave more like a straight 10W oil. Besides it getting dirty, that's why you need to change it once in a while.

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I have a 20 hp craftsman lawn( hydro gear transaxle ) tractor in terrific shape that losses drive on a grade. I replaced the worn drive belt and it was good for the first few mows, Now Im right back to...

It sounds like the oil in transaxle is degraded.The transaxle is supposed to be a sealed unit requiring no service but over time the oil will get dirty enough to cause problems like you are describing.Remove the back hitch plate and look at the transaxle it will have a rubber vent hose or a 1/4 alllen wrench fitting on top. You will need to purchase a battery suction bulb from sears automotive and use it to remove as much oil from transaxle as possible. Warm the transaxle up first by running it around,then suction the oil out.Refill with a good synthetic motor oil 15w-50 or 20w-50 like Amsoil or Mobil 1.Do not use transmission fluid or hydraulic fluid. When adding the new oil back fill it to within 1.5 in from the top,be sure to allow this amount of air space in top of transaxle for expansion.

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