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John Deere LX176 Transmission Problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ghmcgee, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. ghmcgee

    ghmcgee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I decided to clean up a 17 year old mower and repaint it, replace worn bushing and do oil and filter change. I drained the hydrostatic transmission oil as well as the engine oil. After reassembly, the engine runs fine but the transmission will not engage. The mower will not move.
    Any suggestions?
    John Deere LX176
    Kawasaki 14 HP Engine
    38 Inch mower deck
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Is there a hydro filter on this unit ? If so did you get it from a JD dealer ?
    First make sure any bypass valve for pushing is closed. Did you have the rear wheels off ? If so did you get both axle keys back in ? If there is no filter block the rear tires off the ground then start the unit and run 3/4 to full throttle. Move from forward to reverse slowly 8/10 times, This should remove any trapped air in the system.
  3. ghmcgee

    ghmcgee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for the advice. I will give it a try.
  4. jud149

    jud149 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    I have the LX188 and the transaxle needs to be bleed to remove air after fluid change. This is done by raising the rear wheels off the ground and supporting the axle on jack stands. With the transaxle at proper fluid level and the engine running on slow idle, alternately depress the forward and reverse pedals and engage and disengage the free wheel valve lever. The manual says it can take 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. rbsjr

    rbsjr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    my john deere lx 176 stopped moving, open hood to check oil and got back on and would not move any thoughts

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