I got the right side cover off the steering clutch compartment. I had to take off the lines than run the backhoe and really hope I don't need to take more lines off. They are mostly steel lines with tee's and multiple fittings and look like spaghetti the way they are all intertwined. Inside looks like someone took a cheese grater and shredded tons of black flakes over everything. Worse than the left side. Lots of signs of moisture too but not wet enough for anything to come out the band support bolt hole. I'm lucky the bolt came out. I had it about 1/2 way out and then it tilted sideways. I pushed it straight and then continued turning it out. The middle of the bolt is corroded so much that it's only about a 1/4" dia. instead of 1/2".
I took the left side clutch in to get checked out and one of the forman there said some people would leave the band support bolts out so any water or oil would drain. Anyone heard of this before or recommend it? I was thinking of just putting lots of anti-seize on the band bolts and taking them out occasionally? There are some big pipe plugs in the bottom behind the band bolts but I'm afraid to try and loosen those after seeing how tight the pipe plug to get at hub bolts was. The foreman I deal with has over 30 years working there. He also said to not worry too much about a tiny oil leak from the bevel gear case. He said if the oil level is staying up and the bottom of the clutch case isn't saturated with oil, it can't be leaking enough to worry about. I just need to keep tabs on the oil level but it's never gone down anytime I've checked it. In fact it's a little over the full mark on the dipstick. I'm hoping a friend will be able to make it out to help me tomorrow. It would make pulling the clutch out a lot easier with 2 people.