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Re: Ford Backhoe 1974(swing arm)

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Posted by Roy Suomi on November 11, 2005 at 21:03:45 from (

In Reply to: Ford Backhoe 1974(swing arm) posted by Pat Pollard on November 10, 2005 at 20:47:31:

Hello Pat.. If you have a 3500 or 4500 or even a 550 with swing chains, there are no bolts that secure the cylinders in place. If the swing chain goes loose on you , there probably is a cylinder packing problem. The swing cylinders have only one hydraulic hose on each cylinder, on the rod end of the cylinder. They have a smaller hose on the rear of the cylinder that shifts leakage back and forth from 1 cylinder to the other. the cylinder merely sits into a pocket and the chain pressure holds the cylinder into the pocket. I have seen where the pocket gets broken out and the cylinder hose boss gets worn thru or broken off causing external leaks.To remove cylinders ,you will have to seperate the backhoe from the tractor. The top links must be raised up and with tractor hydraulic movement[ raising or lowering ] you can pull the tractor far enough away to pull the cylinders from the pockets. The backhoe will stand on its own if properly positioned and with wood blocks under center of the swing cylinder area.Don't pull away too far, hydraulic hoses don't like to be stretched ..

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