Fitting leaking at wheel motor?

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by Soupy, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I just had both wheel motors & pumps replaced at dealer. After cutting a couple lawns I noticed oil leaking on inside of rim. It turns out it is leaking at the fittings that connects to the wheel motor. They didn't seem real tight so I tightened them a little with no luck. How much force can I put on these to tighten them? Can I put a little teflon Tape on them? I was hoping I didn't have to take back to dealer Monday. I really need to get back to work with this mower.
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    I would not use the mower if its leaking, it could also be sucking air in and causing performance issues.
    I would get it to the dealer ASAP.
    The fittings on your mower are Parker Seal-Lok fittings, they use o-rings, Teflon tape isn't going to do much.

    Pj
     
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    It rained here so i did not use it. It is at dealer now. Is the seals part of the lifetime warranty?
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  4. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Mower is fixed. Next question, Can I spray engine degreaser from car wash to get all the oil that leaked everywhere from the hydro failure off. Then rinse with a low pressure rinse. I noticed oil around the clutch and pulleys under the mower etc. I figured I would spray the whole mower down with degreaser.
     
  5. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    The lines and fittings are covered under the lifetime warranty.
    As to degreaser, you have to be careful using chemicals around belts and electrical components.
    Also I would use a regular garden hose when rinsing the mower off.

    Pj
     

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