You broke something trying to pull start it. If there was water in the engine cylinders it will not compress. So the engine is locked. So when you tried to put start it you jerked something inside the transmission.
Post this down on the MF forum. There are much more knowledgeable fellows down there that can point you to where you need to be looking.
Re: drove my MF180 diesel into the pond in reply to JD Seller, 07-17-2013 14:59:43
The engine was not locked up. After the water drain out of the starter I was able to just turn the key and she ran so sweetly. I let it run for about 6 hours, that warmed everything up. dried out all that was wet, starter, generator, clutches, even dried out the motor oil. but it foamed up the hydraulic oil to twice the volume. I then drained all the fluids, fill with K1 and oil mix and let run 'bout an hour at idle, added new oil and filters but no low range.
Re: drove my MF180 diesel into the pond in reply to Ohiopioneer, 07-17-2013 15:13:19
Look and see if the linkage from the shifter for hi/lo is moving as far as it should...try unhooking the clevis an the trans end and operating it . You can"t start a multi-power tractor by pulling it but you can"t hurt them by pulling either unless you had it in reverse or pulled it backwards in a forward gear. And then you wouldn"t have any gears. You might have a bent fork on the hilo or it slipped out of position on the spool. Or could have broken one of the snap rings that holds the spool to the shaft
Re: drove my MF180 diesel into the pond in reply to rgraven, 07-17-2013 15:33:58
I have the 12 speed Multi-power. I read that you can"t pull/push start a multi-power tractor. Frustrated, I tried anyway. Glad to hear that I may not have harmed it that way. The low to high gear shift lever does hit the top of the slot, this may be the cause of the no low range. Pulled back to high gear it stop 1/2 inch from bottom of slot. I don"t recall if it was this way before I went pond fishing. I will see if I can disconnect the linkage and see if I can get low range gears to engage manually. I just can"t see how driving into the pond would effect linkage. There was no rough treatment of the tractor pulling it out of the pond or towing it. But she be an old tractor and thing seem to break just looking at them. Thanks
Re: drove my MF180 diesel into the pond in reply to Ohiopioneer, 07-18-2013 07:17:27
Dad's 180 trans hi-lo lever is centered, slight clearance at each end of slot. If you can reset the shift rod you should be OK. If it makes no change, I have seen the planetary lo range pressed in collar come loose before, and a split or lift cover removed will be needed to get at it for repair. Had a forklift do that once, internal gear is pressed in place and peened over. If it comes out just 1/2 inch you will lose lo. I put it back then tack welded it in place.
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