First time poster here and I would like to share with everyone a problem that I am having. Hopefully you guys will be able to draw your extensive mechanical and garden tractor experience and give some advise on the best way to remedy the situation.
I bought a 99 LX188 from an older couple who unfortunately cannot use it anymore, I paid the asking price 900$. They claimed they bought the tractor new, and have been regularly performing maintenance since. I took it home and mowed my 1.3 acre lawn and did not notice anything that jumped out as unusual in operating the lawnmower. I have the owner’s manual and I have been working on performing all the maintenance and one of the service items was to check the transmission fluid in the overflow tank. I got down to check and my heart sank. The overflow tank is not connected to the hose which feeds the hydrostat (if that is what it does).
There is dirt and fouling around the hose and inside the hose. I am worried that some of this may enter the hydrostat and I will be left with an expensive hydrostat fix or an unusable lawn mower. What are your guys thoughts as the best course of action in this situation? Should I clean the coupling area as good as possible, hook up the reservoir tank and hope for the best? Should I drain the hydrostat and replace the filter? I am moderately mechanically inclined but no master mechanic here. Also, broke from just buying the mower.
Thanks for reading