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Hello there, my name is ***** ***** I would be glad to help. Does the mower have an hour meter on it and if so, how many hours are on it? Or how old is the mower?
If the belt and pulley system is in good condition, the transmission is going out on this machine. From what you have described and the many I have seen with a similar issue, that is what it turns out to be.
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There would need to be a leak for the fluid to be low as these are sealed units in most cases. You could try a fluid change, but that normally lands you back at the same place you are now with a transmission that is slipping internally. Another thing you can double check is that the spring that holds the pulleys in tension is connected and not broken. I don't suspect it is as you can drive it for a while. If the belt is slipping you would notice a shiny appearance on it and yes, it would be warm.
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