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Checking fluid level

I have a lawn tractor with a Hydrostatic transmission . I need to know how to check the transmission fluid level .

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    How do you change the hydrostatic transmission fluid?

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Most units of this size & quality have a factory sealed transmission. to check or change oil, the transmission would have to be removed.

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My hydro-trans has a rubber plug on top and I put 30w oil in it.

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    How did you get that rubber plug out ?

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Well I got the plug out of the top of the transaxle to check/ add fluid .I had a 5" pair of Chanel locks that I grab the tab with a pull up steady sustained pull, while at the same time with a short screw driver worked the shaft of the plug upward in a little while it came out.... Now putting the plug back in was another matter bruit force pushing the plug downward did not work. That plug has a hole that goes down through it half way. I had a blunt end wooden dow that fit into the hole stuck the plug in the hole with the dow in it and took the flat side of my pliers and with a little downward pressure it went right in. I also put a little oil on the side of the plug. 80W90 oil in transaxle.

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