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mthomas    Posted 06-06-2017 at 16:39:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • 8N Lift
  • I posted about difficulties with my 8N when I had snow up to my knees and nasty cold weather. The lift was not working.

    Today was the first nice day without a dozen projects, so I fired the 8N up to check the lift. It worked like a champ. I should probably buy lottery tickets. The hydraulic fluid is clear.

    Ncorrigible    Posted 06-10-2017 at 18:30:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • I do not know where you live and whether or not your last winter was typical or atypical. In Minnesota anything denser than Ford spec 134D will be very slow at winter temps. Price and performance, I like Walmart Super Tech Tractot Hy draulic and Transmission. It works, it is not expensive, and it will be at your door 3 days after you order. You may want to order a bunch ( as in 6 - 12 ) of the big drain gaskets for oil / transmission / hydraulics. You will go through 3 each total oil change. Doing the rear always start with the small pipe plug in the differential. Failure to do so will make the reasoning obvious.

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 06-06-2017 at 19:43:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • If it is old thick mineral oil type that works fine in warm climates. Not so well in cold climates. There are several articles on this forum I believe on the proper type. I believe it needs to be 134. I'll attach something in this.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-06-2017 at 16:51:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • In cold weather, it may take a bit to get oil up to operating temps. What grade are you using? may want a thinner blend for winter.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    mthomas    Posted 06-06-2017 at 18:41:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • No idea on the grade. It still has the same fluid it had when I drove it home in 2009. This is the first winter I have had issues with it.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-07-2017 at 06:34:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • Check it out -if color is a muddy brown/milky shade, it has water contamination and needs to be drained and replaced with fresh. Water will freeze in cold temps and can also cause sluggish operation, but worse thing is you may damage the pump. Tons of info on this in our archives...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    mthomas    Posted 06-07-2017 at 19:13:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Lift
  • It is a translucent light honey color. There appears to be zero emulsificaton. I'll blade the drive a couple of times this summer and see how things work.

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