Weak Exmark hydro pump -- should I fix it or wait?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by naturescape, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had my 2002 ExM TT in the shop (Weingartz) for an overhaul. When I picked it up they said the pump on the right side was going. They said it is adjusted to be fine in forward, but the right side is slow (I'd say about half the speed) on reverse.

    They suggested I wait, said it may make it another 2 years.

    Should I wait or just have it fixed now? How much is it, about, to replace one pump?
     
  2. GSPHUNTER

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I was talking to a Toro sales guy, he said the hydro pumps on a 36" WB run $500-$600 a piece.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    FIX IT NOW!

    If you have a problem in your hydro system it is always best to fix it immediately regardless of cost. Oftentimes when a component does finally give out it does so in a dramatic fashion releasing lots of small particles into the rest of the hydro system. This usually trashes everything else including the rest of the pumps and motors. The cost goes up significantly at that point.
     
  4. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks. That's what I was thinking, when I asked them that at Weingartz, they said it wouldn't be a problem and just would get weaker. I have heard once you have a problem, it should be fixed like you say.

    I'll take it in in a few days............
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tell them that you'll wait if they'll warranty the rest of the system in the event of a failure of that pump. See what they have to say about that.
     
  6. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dang, that's a GOOD ONE! But I don't want to get into that quagmire with them. I'll just take it in............ I want the machine in perfect condition anyway........ I really can't see it making it for 2 more years with a bad pump......... I wonder if they WANT the machine to go? It would probably mean buying a new one or replacing LOTS of parts!
     
  7. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You know what? I am gonna call them and ask them that......... anxious to see what they say! But then, either way, I'm bringing the machine in.
     
  8. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well I called them. Of course the machine won't be under warranty, it's a 2002, and they won't guarantee other parts won't go out.

    But he promised me there cannot be, on this Exmark, any cross-contamination between the 2 sides if something catastrophic were to happen to the pump.

    All the same, I think I'm going to get the pump replaced. That way I should have even power, and speed, both in forward and reverse.
     
  9. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    He is right, but if the pump fails on the right hand side it can send contamination to the wheel motor on that same side then you could also need a $400+ Wheel motor along with your pump.
     
  10. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    better to do it now cause you don't want to end up looking like a sun burnt baboon doing donuts in your costumers lawn.
     

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