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Old 03-20-2022, 03:59 PM
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Default ZT1 ultima 50 Transmission

I have a ZT1 ultima 50. It supposedly has the "lifetime" hydraulic transmissions which do not allow service by the owner but there is an access cutout in the engine deck which allows for what looks to be a fill port above each transmission. See photo. There is also a vent and tube a few inches behind the "fill" port. There is no fluid reservoir for the hydraulics.

I have 15% slopes and have been able to mow successfully 3 years but recently have lost power in the left hand transmission when going up hill. There is no Cub Cadet service facility(thx Home Depot!) on the island I live on. The 3 year warranty is therefore worthless.

Q. Can I add fluid myself?
Q. How much?


I can't think what else the problem might be.

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Old 03-20-2022, 04:51 PM
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First, welcome to OCC...........

I personally have no experience with that model, hoping someone will chime in.
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Old 03-26-2022, 02:12 AM
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Default Hydro-Gear EZT 2200

Found the fill port. Left trannie was low. added some 20w-50
Worked better for bit then lost power and whining noise returned(when heading up grade)
Works fine with not much whine on flats.

Found the manual for the Hydro-Gear EZT 2200 trans online.
On we go!.......
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Old 03-27-2022, 07:24 PM
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Default ZT1 trans videos-very helpful!

On & Off
https://www.lawnsite.com/threads/ser...nsaxle.439233/

On & Off 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ZFpGIj6yw


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https://www.hydropumps.parts/search....ection=product
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Good resources. Worse case you might be able to get a used Hydro Gear 2000 or maybe convince CC to send you a hydro if still under warranty? Yours should be covered for 3 years.

I'd think if you explained there are zero dealers on your island that would call for special consideration.
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You'd be surprised what cub cadet will send you for free if it's still under warranty. Just give them a call.
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