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Lack of power and whinning

After running my JD mower for about 10 minutes, there is a whinning and lack of power, especially going in reverse. After 30 min. not enough power to go up a small incline.

I have put on a new drive belt and sprayed it with a belt dressing. No change.

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First question is what model John Deere mower do you have?

Belt dressing is a lubricant that stops squeaky belts but unfortunately does nothing to help make the belt grip the pulleys better. In fact, quite the opposite.

If your mower has a hydro-static drive transaxle, then it might be low on fluid and is starting to slip. Once we know the model number, then we can look up some specifics.

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Thanks for your response. I have a John Deere STX46 with a Hydrostatic drive. I have never added fluid to the transaxle in over 6 years.

Should I drain it and add new fluid? Is there a fluid filter? What type fluid should I buy?

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Tom

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From what I've been able to find, there is a filter and a fluid fill point, but both sound like a pain to access. Another site says the transaxle is a "sealed unit" which usually implies there is no servicing available.

Service and parts manuals are still available through John Deere. Here is a list of them: manuals

Hope this helps,

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