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Changing the Hydro Fluid

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by banjoman, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. banjoman

    banjoman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 167

    Since the mowing season is getting closer, I am beginning to do some maintenance on my mowers before the season starts. I bought 2 gallons of Mobil 1 Synthetic 15w-50 and 2 filters to do a oil change on the Grasshopper 718K transmission. I opened the box where all the oil change stuff was and I discovered that when I ordered filters they had sent me 2 Stens filters. They are a bit shorter than the OEM filters but the part number matches up. This is my first transmission oil change and I am already a tad bit nervous because I cant afford to tear this mower up, but I have never used these aftermarket filters before. Can I go ahead and use them without the fear of tearing my mower up, or should I order some Grasshopper filters.
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,960

    The very last place to take a chance is on those filters.
     
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    I havnt changed hydro fluid yet, but the stens ones I buy for engine oil are about 3/4" shorter and I called exmark and they said they will work fine, but that the exmark OEM ones are preferred but they have to say that
     
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,811

    Yes I agree :waving:
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,444

    The filters will work fine. If you line up 10 different brands of filter they will all vary in length. All you get with an Exmark, Scag or any other manufacture filter is a higher price for a repainted unit from a filter maker. I get my Frams at Walmart right next to the Mobil 1. You have a slightly smaller capacity which has nothing to do with the filtering capability.
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  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,811

    And I was paying top dollar for nothing:waving:
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,444

    Same goes for bearings, belts and seals. Even Napa is cheaper than factory brand.
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  8. dtc0207

    dtc0207 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Why hire a a pro lawn care guy when the kid down the road will cut it for 20 bucks
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,444

    Sure he will. Until his Murray breaks, he loses interest, his girlfriend wants to go out, Black OPs 3 comes out. Worse yet, he screws something up. What does this have to with oil filters and paying more unnecessarily for a factory name?
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  10. dtc0207

    dtc0207 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Why should you pay more for a fancy landscape companies name because you get what you pay for there is a difference in filters belts bearings I don't understand why people pay good money for a mower then service it with the cheapest crap they can find
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