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Kimberly    Posted 05-02-2018 at 15:23:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Checking hydraulicFluid
  • Do I check the level of the hydraulic fluid with the lift up or the lift down?

    Kimberly    Posted 05-03-2018 at 17:50:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I think the cylinder is probably leaking. I have a cylinder and piston in the shed. If memory serves me correctly, we had a cylinder with a bad groove in it and had it honed and a piston that took an O-ring instead of using the old piston with the rings. At that time I didn't have the resources that I do now. This is really fuzzy but it seems that we had concerns with the scores in the cylinder and the guy said that with the O-ring that wouldn't be a problem. My guess is that over time it cut the O-Ring. At the same time, we rebuilt the pump with a kit.

    If I end up replacing the cylinder, do I need to get a cylinder and piston set or would I be able to just get a new O-ring for the piston that is in the lift and just replace the cylinder?

    Kimberly    Posted 05-02-2018 at 16:36:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The dipstick says; "With all cylinders extended". So I thought that was probably with the lift up but wanted to make sure. There are no other hydraulics on the tractor; just the lift. I think the cylinder may be leaking a bit. I overhauled the pump with a kit I got from Steiner Tractor; that was the only place I knew of back when it was done many years ago. There was an issue with the cylinder I think; can't really remember; I think we had it honed out and used a piston that took an O-ring seal. I noticed with the heavy disc on it today that it leaked down; the lift is a bit slow to come up as well.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-02-2018 at 17:04:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • It doesn't matter if up or down only that it is checked when the system is OFF and has had a chance to settle. Means wait a few hours after shutting tractor off. Here's a good practice to get into...each time you go to use the tractor for job, before you crank the engine over check the engine oil and the condition as well as the hydraulic oil level and condition. Do a walk around and a visual for anything hinky like a loos wire or bolt or missing nut or bolt. Check radiator coolant level and remove any chaf from grille.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kimberly    Posted 05-02-2018 at 17:17:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks Tim, that is good advice. I remember Dad doing such when getting ready to drive the car; I think that came from the preflight check when he flew planes. There has been times when I get in the car and take off and then hear something and wonder if the tyre is low etc.

    r geiger    Posted 05-02-2018 at 16:09:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • UP

    r geiger    Posted 05-02-2018 at 16:31:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • At least that is what it says on the dipstick.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 05-02-2018 at 16:09:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Doesn't matter.

    See tips 3 & 4.

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