toro ztr slowing down with age?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by NCL, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 132

    I have a toro ztr that seems to be getting slower and slower, I put new steering dampers and check fluid levels with no change. It has a hard time going up hills also. Any info would help. thanks
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    like all of us we just wear out and slow down. some need new knees some just pain pills. your mower is the same. check the usual suspects ie. fluid, filter, adjustments. tolerences get loose. so if all things fail and your down to replacing the pumps then you might try a heavier weight of oil in the hydraulic system.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Don't forget belt condition and tension, idler arm springs also if equipped.
  4. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,854

    Check your RPM's.
  5. atdwg

    atdwg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Check rpms first. If ok it sounds like you may be losing a cylinder. Do a compression test. I think it shoud be around 150 psi.
  6. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    If it's having trouble going up hills I'd bet the hydraulic system is worn out. Check for metalic particals in the hydraulic fluid. All it takes is one of the components (motors or pump) to fail and it will wipe out the others. That's why I think Walker has the right set up. Pump and motor are in the same housing and have a two completely separate systems for left and right drive wheels. Both hold very little fluid so you don't have to worry about ruining a customer's lawn with a hydraulic leak.

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