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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

FORD 555 shuttle

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10-17-2010 13:40:02

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How do you shift a 4 speed shuttle transmission into gear? I just bought one at an auction. I can get it into first my working it in gear. Also do they have problems with reverse?

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11-13-2010 12:16:10

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 Re: FORD 555 shuttle in reply to tomca, 10-17-2010 13:40:02  
Will it back up once it warms up? Is there a load on the motor when it won't reverse? If there is little to no load when it won't move, and it does reverse once it's warm, it's probably got some bad O-rings in the hydraulic reverser. You might be able to pull the fuel tank and stand on your head to get to them.
The differential lock is operated by a spring-loaded button, as is the transmission disconnect, unless there is a switch, or was a switch, on the top of the lever for the front bucket.

The disconnect allows you to shift between forward and reverse while keeping your RPM up, like while scooping or dumping dirt, or waiting for the bucket to come up enough to clear the side of a truck.

Also, the straight 555s, the A, and maybe the B series, you pull the T handle up and give it a 1/4 turn, then hit the brakes to set them for parking. If I remember right. The late B series and C's used a lever mounted behind the bucket control lever to set the brakes using a cable, instead of locking the pedals down.

Also, if you have a 555B, and when you order parts, if they are the wrong ones, order parts for a 555C. The last couple months they built the B's, they were actually C's with different sheetmetal. We were one of the lucky ones who got one of the transition models. A dealer should be able to tell you if you have one of those machines using the serial number.

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Roy Suomi

10-17-2010 17:21:11

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 Re: FORD 555 shuttle in reply to tomca, 10-17-2010 13:40:02  
I usually flip the reverser lever into neutral for shifts..Unless it has a disconnect button on the floor...If you get accustomed to the machine , you can shift on he go by just letting up on the throttle , then drop it into gear..What is your concern with neutral ??

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10-17-2010 17:30:11

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 Re: FORD 555 shuttle in reply to Roy Suomi, 10-17-2010 17:21:11  
On the floor there is a metal spring loaded button and a T-handle. It goes foward but when I put it in reverse it doesn't back up. Backup alarm comes on. I put the shuttle in neutral and gear shift when I start it. Then how should u shift it into a gear (1-4) without grinding the gears?

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Roy Suomi

10-18-2010 14:32:49

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 Re: FORD 555 shuttle in reply to tomca, 10-17-2010 17:30:11  
First off.... What model 555 do you have [A,B,C,etc] ??? If you flip the reverser lever into neutral, you should be able to shift it into any gear..If it's raking the gears badly, the reverser is either partially in gear [ forward or reverse] and not allowing it to stop , or the clutch plates inside the reverser clutch packs are warped from heat and are dragging causing the main shaft to not slow to a stop...

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