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I have a Craftsman DLT 3000 lawn tractor with a Hydro Gear 336-0510 transaxle-it will not go up a hill when tractor has been running-problem is getting worse with every use-changed main drive belt-it did not help-would like to drain transaxle and replace fluid to see if this will help-cannot locate a manual to do this-any suggestions. Thanks Handyandy

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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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Some of these tractors have a friction wheel that is driven off of a flat wheel on the bottom of the engine drive shaft. The rubber ring on this friction wheel could be worn out, or it could be out of adjustment.

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check the brake for sticking and dragging. check the bypass lever, make sure it's disengaged fully. did you just fix a flat rear tire? if so, the square key that links the axle and wheel fell out. do you pull a heavy garden cart around? that can stretch a belt and overheat the trans. last thought, check the belt and see if it came off a pulley, i know that should have been first but it's late and i'm tired. good night

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First thing to try is a new drive belt,this is of course after you checked the trns-awle fluid level.If all checks o.k then you need to check linkages and verify that the valve an the hydrostatic unit is actually moveing,if all this is o.k. then you may need a new hydro static unit or at least see if parts are available,most are'nt.

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