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#1 Marty'70 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 04, 2013 - 08:14 AM

Hope someone on here can give me a little guidance. I have a Craftsman model 917.273050 20hp kohler v-twin with a geared trans axle. I was wanting to change the rear/tranny  oil, but don't know what goes in it or how much.

 

 

I could find a drain plug0604130850.jpg

 

 

 

and a breather-ish pop-off valve on the top,0604130852.jpg  

 

 

 

 

 

but no fill/check plug. I could use the bleed valve to fill it, but how much do you add???? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Currently it's not leaking and no evidence of a previous leak so it should be full?? Is this possibly just packed with grease and hoping to last the life of the tractor?? Surely not!

 

 



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 09:24 AM

Is this Hydrostatic or Geared?

 

I know most of the time the Geared rear ends have a fill plug above the drain plug. If you are looking at the rear of the tractor it should be on the left at the top of the transmission. This appears to me that this is a hydrostatic rearend because of the vent.

 

The hydrostatic transmissions usually use 20w50 oil.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 09:59 AM

Have you ran model number in google or on Sears? You need a manual to tell you how much to put in it. I know my old Sears 6 speeds have a fill and drain, the manual tells you to fill with 5 qts. I think you need to found out how much volume then go from there.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 01:23 PM

Is this Hydrostatic or Geared?

 

I know most of the time the Geared rear ends have a fill plug above the drain plug. If you are looking at the rear of the tractor it should be on the left at the top of the transmission. This appears to me that this is a hydrostatic rearend because of the vent.

 

The hydrostatic transmissions usually use 20w50 oil.

geared.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 01:27 PM

a friend said there was a check plug above the axle. he wasn't sure of what type of oil. supposedly gotta take the left side tire off to find it.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 02:04 PM

OMG! I just found the answer for FREE from Sears... Yes I said the words free and Sears in the same sentence. BTW  The geared trans axle uses 10w30 engine oil and the fill/check hole is above left side axle. I went to Sears website and they had the manual for free download. Still in awe about sears giving something for free... :worshippy1:  :peace:


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 08:17 PM

Glad you found it. Usually the back plate has to be taken off to get to the fill plug.






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