Hello to everyone. My name is Shane, I live in Oklahoma. I have really gotten into these GT in the last few months. It all started with the need to pull dirt and rocks up a hill and missing out on the bargain of the century. The bargain that i missed out on was a John Deer 318 That ran and mowed for $350.00 at an estate sale. So anyway threw some trading i have ended up with a craftsman GT6000 i believe was built in 1994. I also dug a craftsman GTV18 out of my father in laws old barn. I'm waiting for a carb rebuild kit to come in for the GTV and some front tires and i suspect that it will run. I have had it kick over with starter fluid. So i do have a question about the GT6000. I am afraid that the transaxle is Shot. It is not moving the axle right. Its up on jack stands, wheels off and the axle turns slowly and i can stop it from moving when i grab the hubs. It is making a lot of noise, and all the fan blades have been broke off. I have changed the fluid and filter. I have been working for a week to make sure it is completely full by letting it run in forward and revers and then checking fluid levle and adding if needed. So the question is, should i give it up until a i find a donor tractor. Or is there something else i should try. Also does the transaxle have to be the very same or will another work.
-The tractor modle #917 257730 Serial # 071394C 006812
-The transaxle is a Hydro-gear two numbers on it are 140343 and 4157C2025 It seems to look like the 210-3010L that they have a manuel for on the Hydro-Gear webside
Last Question... Should i consider trying to repair this one since there is a good manual for it on the Hydro-gear webside.