We bought a Husqvarna 1542XP lawn tractor with the Kawi FH430V brand new about 12 years ago. Has the fender mounted lever for the hydro gear and has performed very well. Hour meter just hit 1200 hrs and we've noticed a little bit of play in the linkage. Couple days ago the linkage had a good 2 inches of play for and aft and I cannot see anywhere that the linkage is severely worn or bent. Naturally the forward and backward travel of the lawn tractor is affected and doesn't want to move very fast at times. Belt is new as of a month ago with no issues with pulleys, springs etc...just the sloppy linkage in the control lever. Could this be internal or are there other symptoms? Not sure what the telltale signs of a worn gear is.