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Lost all drive on my Craftsman 22 HP, with 50" mower deck, hydro transmission. Engine continues to run fine but no drive power; drive belt is fine... Tractor is 11 years old and has always been a workhorse; because I am now retired and on fixed income I need to figure a way ro do repairs myself... Is the transmission and gear box? two separate parts??? Need Help, suggestions, direction; not afraid to get my hands dirty or hard work; have done it all my life...

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Hi there,
My name is Dane and I'm going to help you as best I can. You didn't give me your model number so I don't know what you have for sure, but I can direct you somewhat. First I want you to reconsider the belt. It can look fine but if it's stretched or worn slick, that mower ain't gonna go anywhere. Normally, these hydrostatic transmissions have belt driven hydraulic pumps attached to the transmission which is normally a closed unit that Craftsman really don't want you messing with. Some of them have dipsticks and oil filters, some don't. If yours has a dipstick and filter, maybe you should consider changing the oil. Any hydraulic fluid will loose viscosity after years of service and maybe that's what has happened here.
If the mower just didn't go one day when you got on it, I don't think the transmission itself is your problem. Normally they start slipping over a few mowing days. I would check all of your transmission controls. Your foot pedal and shifter if it has one. Check the linkages all the way from the pedal or shifter to whatever it moves or rotates on the transmission, and make sure it has full travel there. Many times it will be a simple pin has came loose somewhere. I wish you luck and hope you find a simple problem. Don't forget to double check that belt!!!!! Thank you!! Dane

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