Originally Posted by RandyNC
Could you share a picture of those idler pulley caps?
I'm a bit torn on the water thing. I usually rinse my mower down every 2-3 mowing sessions but since I am a homeowner, that is roughly 2-3 weeks during fescue season in NC. I've done this for the last 20 years or so which includes an Ariens self propelled (lasted 14 years) and a Honda HRX217 (lasted 9 years). I did run into a problem with a drive cam on the Honda that seemed to be caused by rusted wheel shaft assembly, and that could have certainly been attributed to water exposure over the years, but I typically start the mower afterwards, engage the blade to 'dry' the deck, and towel it down or hit it with the leaf blower or both to get any excess water off the engine areas and top deck areas.
Wondering what others have to say about this practice?
Don't wash them ever.....a lot of stuff connecti8ns bearingmare not water proof. Just no reason to wash a machine blow it off.