I posted some information regarding a problem with my MTD 995 transaxle not working on the MTD forum page but thought that it may help to expand the request for help on the full forum. I hope I am not being repetitive but have a couple of questions regarding this issue. The tractor won't move forward or reverse and I thought it may be the hydraulic valve the controls the deck and pto lift and routes the transmission oil from the pump back to the transaxle. I pulled the valve and cleaned it and installed new o-rings on the hope that it would fix the problem but no luck. I changed the oil filter and oil and no luck. I have had this problem happen in the past where the drive quit working and all I had to do was work the hydraulic lift control back and forth a couple of times and the drive started working. The cost to replace the hydraulic lift control valve runs around $400 so I am looking at different options. First question is can I just connect the oil supply feed hose from the pump to the valve to the hose that connects the valve to the transaxle. I feel as though there should be some restriction and control in the oil flow from the pump to the transaxle so I don't want to try this unless someone else can let me know if this has been done in the past without causing damage to the transaxle. I don't need the hydraulic lift anymore as I only use the tractor to operate a Johnson front end loader that I installed a couple months back. The loader has its own hydraulic pump. Next I thought about putting a t in the line between the pump and the transaxle with a pressure gauge and manual valve to control the flow. Is this a good idea or not?
Anyone who has ideas, comments or recommendation can feel free to share and I would greatly appreciate all of your input.