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I have a Peerless 206-545C transaxle in my Craftsman riding mower, I now have no brakes. The shaft for the brake rotor is leaking oil which obviously means the pads aren't doing much good!
It looks like the only way to stop the leak is by disassembling the transmission. Is there anything I can do from the outside? At 82 years of age removing the transaxle seems like an insurmountable task and I can't afford to pay to have it done.
Anything you can offer, including sympathy?

The lubricant inside the transaxle is really should not leak.  DO NOT put gear oil in the uses more of a grease for lubricant rather than oil.

You can, from the outside, remove the brake assembly, replace the brake pucks if they are oil soaked, clean the dowel pins and dowel pin holes so they move freely without sticking, and then re-install and adjust.

Are you sure transaxle lubricant leakage is the problem or are the dowel pins just dirty/rusty causing the brakes not to work?


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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