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5610 power steering leak

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09-16-2016 19:11:26

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I have a 93' model 5610 I bought used about 2 years ago. Tractor is in excellent shape for it's age and steers well, but I keep losing fluid from reservoir. Reservoir does not leak anywhere I can see. Know about seal in pump possibly leaking fluid into motor, but motor never seems to gain oil on dipstick. Previous owner looks to have replaced PS cylinder on front end so no leaks there. I recently changed pump with another to see what would happen and now I am losing fluid even faster. If you run tractor 4 hrs. raking hay, will need at least 6 ounces or so to fill reservoir full. The only oil I can find anywhere is underneath tractor on bottom of bellhousing. Oil is clean so I know is not a leaking rear main seal and trans and hydraulics always stay full. My question is this, can steering motor be leaking oil into bellhousing where it can't be seen? Has this happened to anyone else? Aggravates the heck out of me when I know something is leaking and can't find it. I guess I could put some dye in PS oil and see where it leads me too. Thanks for any thoughts on this.

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09-18-2016 07:42:52

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to rmg, 09-16-2016 19:11:26  
Thanks guys, I kinda figured it was coming out the bottom when you can't find it anywhere else. I have 6 fords of various models and now that you mention it all have at least one small leak somewhere. But I have seen plenty of leakey green tractors too. Think it might have something to do with their ages. I kinda like my old fords even if they do leak sometimes.

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David G

09-17-2016 06:45:54

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to rmg, 09-16-2016 19:11:26  
My 6610 leaks somewhere new all the time, may never leak at that place again, but always leaks somewhere.

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09-17-2016 12:04:02

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to David G, 09-17-2016 06:45:54  
Oil leaks are a Ford "feature" for no extra cost. If you want a leak-free machine it needs to have green paint.

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09-17-2016 20:16:02

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to Bern, 09-17-2016 12:04:02  
...and then you have the fuel tank perma-leak. At least silicon fixes a lot of the Ford's ailments...


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David G

09-17-2016 19:13:45

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to Bern, 09-17-2016 12:04:02  
That is my newest tractor, it leaks worse than all the others combined, but rarely leaks in same place twice.

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09-16-2016 20:12:44

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 Re: 5610 power steering leak in reply to rmg, 09-16-2016 19:11:26  
YES! The steering motor can in fact leak oil into the bellhousing. Just repaired a similar issue on a 7610. There is a rubber boot between the steering motor and the transmission case, but seeing how it's over 20 years old, it likely has a crack in it, like the one I recently worked on.

It's a simple job to remove the steering motor and replace the lower seals.

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