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11-21-2021 07:55:34

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My Transmission / Hydraulic oil has turned milky in about 4 years running time. The tractor only runs for short (30-45 min) periods of time to plow snow, haul wood. or do some grading. it is seldom left out in the rain and the shifter boot is good. Is it normal to turn milky, do to condensation in that time frame?

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11-21-2021 13:56:33

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 Re: Is this normal? in reply to a32vickyhotrod, 11-21-2021 07:55:34  
What do you have in it for oil? The oil that they used in them 20-70 years ago didn't absorb the moisture so you could just drain it off the bottom twice a year.

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11-21-2021 11:49:30

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 Re: Is this normal? in reply to a32vickyhotrod, 11-21-2021 07:55:34  
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Four years is a long time so yes its "normal" for a tractor that sits in conditions conducive to the formation of condensation.


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11-21-2021 09:47:57

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 Re: Is this normal? in reply to a32vickyhotrod, 11-21-2021 07:55:34  
I cut a piece of old inner tube and wrapped that around the draft control spring.

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11-21-2021 08:31:49

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 Re: Is this normal? in reply to a32vickyhotrod, 11-21-2021 07:55:34  
I already changed the fluid. I was wondering about the draft spring area allowing water to get in.

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11-21-2021 08:26:26

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 Re: Is this normal? in reply to a32vickyhotrod, 11-21-2021 07:55:34  
The milky condition is caused by moisture as You have figured. The moisture mostly comes from condensation from cooling/heating of the tractor. The shifter boot isn't the most accessible area for direct entry of water,but the draft spring more likely allows water to enter. I made a removable,plastic cover for mine and have clear fluid,even though the tractor is mostly parked outside. You should change the fluid,dropping the pump if possible. Running the tractor for a while with the transmission in neutral with the PTO engaged will help to heat the system up.

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