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Ford 881 Transmission Adjustment

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10-10-2019 08:24:09

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I have an Ford 881 tractor and it works very well. The transmission doesn't work in reverse 1 and a few other gears.
I decided to attempt to adjust the bands the other day and got a little worried. I disengaged the drive as instructed in the manual and then went about adjusting band 1. It took a while to get the adjusting screw and the locking nut to separate as it was painted over. Once free I started to tighten the adjusting screw and it seemed to not tighten as it just kept going in further and further with no resistance. I decided that this may not be a good idea so i backed the screw out to where I thought it was and tightened it back up.
I had some difficulties putting the drive engagement back in but eventually got it. The transmission seems to run the way it has always has so at least I have a functional tractor.

What am I doing wrong with band 1? Should the adjusting screw go in a long way? Maybe it isn't worth adjusting. Any thoughts?

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10-10-2019 09:48:14

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 Re: Ford 881 Transmission Adjustment in reply to HighlandCow, 10-10-2019 08:24:09  
Located in South Dakota. Reverse 2 works fine and 1, 2, 3 work for sure. I'll have to go out and run it through the gears to see what doesn't work and what does work.

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Larry NCKS

10-10-2019 08:48:19

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 Re: Ford 881 Transmission Adjustment in reply to HighlandCow, 10-10-2019 08:24:09  
Oops! Shoulda read that more clearly. R1, 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9 failed are ORC failure provided this is an original Red transmission. If this is the case and B1 was not applying, you'd have no propulsion at all.

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Larry NCKS

10-10-2019 08:44:16

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 Re: Ford 881 Transmission Adjustment in reply to HighlandCow, 10-10-2019 08:24:09  
Not much info there to go on . . . but B1 adjustment should not just thread in indefinitely. You may have a dropped strut or a bad band there.

If both reverses "and some other ratios" are gone- that would be mo0re commonly related to a B2, B3 or C1 failure.

Care to tell us where you're located?

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