||I have a 318 that the clear plastic suction hose broke and I would like to go and buy one that is not a JD OEM, but I need to know if it is anything special. Also I need to refill the transmisson fluid that leaked out and I have no idea what kind to buy.
||If you are talking about the site tube it is 1/4" clear fuel line available at any lawn mower shop. It is not that expensive from dealer. There is a piece of site glass or plexiglass in the middle of the back for better oil level viewing. You could skip the glass but the fuel line gets cloudy. It originally took jd hydrostatic fluid which was type f auto transmission fluid. Deere now uses lo viscosity hy guard- you can use type f from auto store.
||Barry - If the original fluid is red in color, use Type F to top it off. However, I would suggest draining it, replacing the filter, and refilling with Low Viscosity Hy-Gard from Deere. Do not mix one fluid type with the other. If you are not sure what was in the transmission to begin with, I would drain as I've suggested. - Dave