Say, you're not that far away! I'm up in Attica, 45 mins East of Buffalo.Vince, where are you in Western, NY? I'm down below Erie, PA! Sounds like the PO didn't have a conscience. Anyways, have you checked all the pulleys and deck belt for freedom of movement? If it seems like it's loading up sounds like a tight spindle getting tighter after it's heated up some.
Ok, good to know. Well, I just finished making a more stable throttle linkage, and got the choke all back together, so I can now use for hauling the garden wagon around at least.The slight angle from the deck to the mule drive is normal at the lower settings. The belt should be able to handle that with no problem.
Ok, cool. Well, I just fired it up and ripped around the yard to see how the throttle works. Seems ok, but I still don't like how the carb acts. Seems like it's running full bore with the throttle lever not even halfway up. Are these motors ok to run that hard? The dealer told me to take care of the motor bc they are expensive to fix.I believe it was just the 317 that had that issue, it was a 17 hp engine and there were issues with the internal lubrication of the Series I engine. JD replaced them under warranty I believe.