Did a search but did not find anything..... I have a Ariens 1740 ZTR with just over 50 hours on it. I purchased it for home use shortly before the end of the 2005 mowing season. It's worked almost flawlessly up until today. While mowing today all of a sudden the right steering lever lost it's normal friction feeling (don't know any other way to put it). Normally the levers feel like they are attached to a shock absorber which slows them down (I have not used any other ZTR, so i don't know how they typically feel). Today while mowing, the right lever lost all of that friction feel, and this makes it harder to control with the lever being extremely free moving. The unit still steers properly, although it's somewhat jerky due to the right stick being toooo easy to move. I compared the parts on both sides of the machine and it appears that everything is there, and I didn't lose any springs or anything. Does anyone know what might be causing this? Is one of the pumps on the way out? Also, on the left side, every once in a while, when I give it some input, (only in reverse), the steering lags for a second or two, and then responds. This only happens maybe every two or three times I mow my 3/4 acre lawn. Any thoughts on this?