Very new here, and new to these tractors.
I bought a Sovereign 18 in used but fair to good condition. No beauty queen, but it runs well, and drove up on the trailer like a champ, deck lift worked great, etc.
Got it home in the dark as it turned out, and decided my better/safer idea was to use the hydro bypass and roll it back off the ramps in the dark rather than attempt to drive it off. The bypass worked fine as near as I can tell, and it rolled off like I expected (engine off, pressed the bypass down to disengage, and it rolled just fine like I expected).
I'm use to my 2012 Husqvarna lawn tractor with the disengage lever on the back that is pulled out to disengage, pushed in to re-engage. I "assumed" this was the same basic concept...but maybe too big an assumption?
Anyway, with it off the ramps and on the ground, I fired it up and was going to drive it to my shed, except none of the hydraulics worked, nor did it make any effort to move in either direction when I moved the drive lever. Now, it had just done this like a champ no more than 15 minutes prior.
Some googling led me to a forum (I don't think it was this one, but I don't know anymore, I didn't save the link) where a user mentioned that sometimes the bypass pistons don't come back up like they are supposed to, so I looked and they are indeed both pushed all the way down, even with the bypass lever/whatever it is in the engaged/up position.
They didn't easily move up (motor was off), and I didn't fool with it in the dark and later at night, I just let it sit for the time being till I could determine the problem/solution.
First- Am I barking up the right tree here?
Second- If yes to the first question, is this a simple thing to correct?
I got the tractor with a dozer blade for a decent enough price, so I'm hoping I didn't do anything to cost myself a ton of money on a repair here....
Thanks for any help! :)