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D17 Power Steering Help

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11-19-2002 17:28:51

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I'm slowing getting around to draining/replacing oils in our newly acquired Series I 1958 diesel.

The manual says that the power steering takes SAE 20 oil, but several folks down here told me to use standard tractor fluid. After refilling the tank to about 1/4" above the gear, I ran the tractor and cycled the steering several times to remove air in the system. Two problems/questions:

1. The oil immediately turned milky and also overflowed out the vent after a few minutes running. The vent is about 3" high.

2. The steering wheel "sticks" at the first attempt to steer and then the steering works fine in both directions.

Should I have used regular engine motor oil (20 or 30 weight) or should I use some sort of hydraulic oil?

Is the sticking at first effort normal or is something else going on here?

Thanks for any advice or ideas.

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11-20-2002 07:58:26

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 Re: D17 Power Steering Help in reply to kevin, 11-19-2002 17:28:51  
I use 30 weight non detergent in mine and it works fine. This system was designed to work with non detergent oil, not hydraulic oil. But many are able to get the hydraulic oil to work fine. The foaming is caused by one of two things. Water in the resevoir will make this happen. It also will happen if someone put motor oil (detergent oil) in it. If it continues, drain the sump and put in new oil.

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11-20-2002 01:50:10

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 Re: D17 Power Steering Help in reply to kevin, 11-19-2002 17:28:51  

20wt. hydraulic oil, I have two D-17's, both stick some times like yours.

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