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Farmall Super C: Filling the front steering reservior

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Troy Lindsey

06-16-2007 08:40:14

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Newbie question here. Have a Farmall Super C, and front steering box has been leaking. I'm probably not going to replace the seals anytime soon. In the mean time, 1st: How do I replace/fill the oil in the gear box? Through the Plug (Steering Gear Housing Vent in the manual.) And with what? Can I just dump some 90W Gear oil in here or should I try to pack in some of the Cornhead Greases I have been reading about. Do I need to install a zerk fitting somewhere? I'm learning more about these daily and I'd appreciate all the good advice & experience out there. Thanks,

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06-16-2007 09:32:18

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 Re: Farmall Super C: Filling the front steering reservior in reply to Troy Lindsey, 06-16-2007 08:40:14  
Yes there is a plug to take out and fill through that opening. If it leaks much put grease in it as it will stay in there longer. I use a regular grease gun, just put the end of hose in the hole and pump her full.

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A. Bohemian

06-16-2007 12:11:19

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 Use Grease If Necessary in reply to georgeky, 06-16-2007 09:32:18  
If the seals are bad, you will likely dribble out the oil in a few days or even hours.

So, you can try adding oil. But if it all leaks out in 48 hours or so, consider using grease like Georgky says.

By the way, you do NOT fill through vent plug! Simply remove the vent plug and make sure it is clean and not clogged and replace it. In all probability it IS clogged; radical temperature change in combination with a plugged vent causes most seal failure.

On the left side of the steering gear housing (left as you look at the FRONT of the housing) is a second, somewhat larger plug. This is the fill AND level plug. In other words, fill to the top of THIS plug hole, not the vent plug hole.

There is a third, smaller plug, horizontally as opposed to vertically oriented, beneath the filler plug. This, as you can no doubt surmize, is the drain plug.

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Troy Lindsey

06-16-2007 19:12:37

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 Re: Use Grease If Necessary in reply to A. Bohemian, 06-16-2007 12:11:19  
Thanks to all of you for your quick replies. Much appreciated. I did buy a Case/IH TC=44B 231 page parts catalog when I got the tractor. Great manual with exploded parts lists of everything. Reason I asked is it did not show any fill or drain plug on the gearbox. This post told me where it was. Perfect. I took the radiator metal grill off to get to it and found the fill plug, drain, and the vent plug. Problem was, so much junk, paint, etc. on these plugs (probably never been used). I can't tell if they're square, hex, whatever. Can anyone tell me what they are supposed to be? I think I am in trouble and will probably have to drill them all out. I am better off getting someone with the right equip to drill & tap some new holes & plugs or is there a better solution. A machinist I am not. Thanks in advance for the help!

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06-16-2007 20:58:28

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 Re: Use Grease If Necessary in reply to Troy Lindsey, 06-16-2007 19:12:37  
Troy you don't need a machinest. The plug is a square headed plug. A long handled adjustable wrench should screw it right out. If the head is messed up a pipe wrench will work and new plugs are available at any good hardware or plumbing supply house.

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A. Bohemian

06-16-2007 12:21:40

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 Almost Forgot in reply to A. Bohemian, 06-16-2007 12:11:19  
If you are a real newbie, by manuals NOW! Get the IH owners manual and read it, cover to cover, before doing anything else with your tractor.

Many newbies make at least one expensive mistake before they break down and buy manuals; don't be one of them!

Eventually, you will need at least the IT IH-8 shop manual. There are better manuals out there, but they are harder to come by.

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