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1996 Toro Groundsmaster 223D. It looks like there is a leak where the right axle tube goes into the hydrostat. Looks like it is leaking around the tu

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#1 jrsavoie OFFLINE  

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Posted November 21, 2016 - 12:24 PM

1996 Toro Groundsmaster model 30223 223D model 30223 . It looks like there is a leak where the right axle tube goes into the hydrostat.

Looks like it is leaking around the tube right where it goes into the case. 

Looks like somebody had put some JB weld around the tube a long time ago. Must have worked for a long time. I've had the mower for many years.

It looks like the axle tube came out of the case just a smidgen. There was a visible gap between the JB Weld and the hydrostat case. Maybe 1/64 to 1/32" gap. 

I have not looked at how to fix it yet. Anybody had any experience there? 

Any ideas on what I might expect to find?

How is the axle tube held into the case? How does it seal? O-ring?

How big a job is the repair?


Or am I better off to ignore it and run it until it is a real issue? I'm not big on doing things like that. 

I prefer to fix things before they become an emergency.



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Posted November 21, 2016 - 12:46 PM

I would think there is a seal there that is worn



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Posted November 21, 2016 - 12:51 PM

I would think there is a seal there that is worn

My guess also. Seal or O-ring or something. Hopefully someone will chime in that has a clue as to how to pull the axle tube.

My worry is: Whatever loosened up to let it slide out that tiny bit, could loosen up the rest of the way and fall in gears or whatever is inside. Or it could stress the whole hydrosat and break something else


Edited by jrsavoie, November 21, 2016 - 12:53 PM.


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Posted November 22, 2016 - 07:51 AM

I just looked that axle up and it looks to be a Dana just like my 322D has. I have a spare in the shop I'll see about looking at today. Don't think that tube is a service part, though.


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