I checked the oil and put some gas in it and rode it around some. I decided to engage the blades , even if one deck wheel was missing. It mowed very well.It is quite. The rotating blades make more noise than the engine running. The blades are not too noisey , so maybe the bearings are ok. I have been mowing my yard with a mower with a 30" deck. It will take a lot less time with this 42" mower. I gave it a good bath after I finished mowing. I will change the engine oil tomorrow after I run it some more. The air filter looks like new , even the foam outer filter. All the belts look good. I tried the headlights after dark and was suprised how well they work. I'm wondering if I should change the transmission fluid. If so, what should I use ? 20w50 motor oil? I intend to do some "cosmetics" on it like painting the grille and touching up some places on the blue paint. Wonder if anyone offers the stripe decals? The mower is a 1988 model.Thanks all.
Edited by thom, September 27, 2013 - 08:16 PM.