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Please help.....Adding hydraulic oil to a Ford 3000 diesel.

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Paul D. Reese

07-28-1999 14:33:38
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This is my first tractor. I was told that because the hydraulic arms are moving slightly up and down at a slow idle that I was low on hydraulic fluid.

1. For the hydraulic system. Where do I put it in and what do I use for a gauge to know I've got enough in?

2. Can I use the universal fluid on my ford 3000?

3rd. There is a oil fill hole on the plate containing the high/low shifter and the gear shifter... how much and how high do I fill this chamber with fluid?

4th. There is a oil fill hole underneath the seat that seems to fill the chamber directly related to the gear box and axles. How much fluid goes in there and what is used as the gauge.

I have dumped 5 gallons of fluid into these chambers already...

Lastly, My Pto lever is grinding when I try to engage the pto ( get the mower going ). Anything like oil that will help me here? Or is there a procedure I'm missing while trying to engage the pto?

Please help me.... Email is PReese@Taylorpub.com

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Bern

07-28-1999 22:19:01
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 Re: Please help.....Adding hydraulic oil to a Ford 3000 diesel. in reply to Paul D. Reese, 07-28-1999 14:33:38  
Paul, here are the answers to your questions in the order that you listed:

1)Hydraulic system oil is added through the filler cap under the seat (the one you observed in step 4). The oil level check plug is a 1/4 inch pipe plug located on the RH side of the axle housing a little ways above the floorboard about in line where your heel would be if you were in the seat.

2)For fluid, you need to use "tractor hydraulic fluid". Universal fluid is generally the same, however, on the back of the container, make sure it says "meets or exceeds Ford spec #134 A or B" or something similar to that. They will usually also list Deere and Case spec numbers on the same container.

3)This is the transmission reservoir. It is a separate compartment. Use the same fluid as in the back. Late 3000's had a dipstick in the shift cover, early tractors had a similar 1/4 inch pipe plug as in the back, not sure which side, but it will be roughly half way up.

4)see answer for #1

5)Are you depressing the clutch pedal? You have to do this to engage the PTO. You step on the pedal, then engage handle, then slowly let up on the clutch to start rotation. If it still grinds using the clutch pedal, try reducing the pedal free play down to an inch or so if you have more than that. If this still doesn't do it, you likely have clutch trouble that will require a tractor split to repair.

One more thing, if your arms are going up and down while the engine is running, you likely have an internal leak somewhere in the 3-point. Adding oil is not going to correct this. Do the arms settle to the ground pretty fast when you shut off the engine? If so, suspicions confirmed.

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Paul D. Reese

07-29-1999 07:39:25
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 Re: Re: Please help.....Adding hydraulic oil to a Ford 3000 diesel. in reply to Bern, 07-28-1999 22:19:01  
Thanks for the super answers. I received 4 responses in an hour.



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