Posted by rrlund on September 23, 2012 at 15:31:09 from (18.104.22.168):
Question first,is it possible to scuff up the clutches in a hydra power by running it dry so it will work when it didn't before?
Here's the story. I've had that 1600 for 12 years and the hydra power has never been right. More often than not it would run in underdrive even though the rod was down in direct. Now and then it would shift up for a minute or two,then right back down. I'd changed the fluid and filter,used Dexron,all the usual stuff.
I've got the duals and loader on it pushing corn silage up in the bunker,didn't cross my mind to check the fluid before I started. Late yesterday it started making a heck of a whine,sounded just like an 88 transmission whine. I parked it on the level,nothing on the dip stick. Auto parts store was closed,I went to the convienience store and all they had was some Mercon/Dexron combo replacement fluid. I was reluctant,but it was use that or quit til Monday,so I got 4 quarts,put them in and the darned thing works perfect. I can be pushing up the pile,pull the knob and it shifts right down like nobodys business. Get to the top,I can push it in while I'm backing down,works great.
I'm stumped as to why all of a sudden it works better that it ever has for me.
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