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Re: 2554 Scotts transaxle problems
The TuffTorq web site provides a lot of answers to various maintenance questions about this and other trannies. Feel free to browse.
The tranny is rated for Ground Engaging duty, although it's on the "lighter side" of the GT tranny spectrum.
It should last many years, but the number one killer of the trannies is oil temp. If the tranny case goes above 90 deg. C, the internal oil temp is at a higher level - a level at which it begins to burn and turn to "tar".
Without knowing the specifics of your environment, it's tough to say if your tranny began to fail prematurely or what....
In any case, like many mechanical systems, it may need repair or replacement from time to time.
Even a 1-ton, heavy-duty pick-up truck that only hauls a couple of people every day of its' life, can experience a transmission problem. It happens. It's statistics. It doesn't mean it's useless and "crappy".
How is it after you changed the oil?