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Service plate leak on 1987 ford 450 loader backhoe

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Romi

07-10-2019 19:57:11




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I noticed clear fluid dripping from weep hole around the cotter pin when a friend was using the backhoe to move some logs.when he put the tractor back down and stowed the backhoe. It stopped leaking . The tractor was barn kept and we'll cared for with only 430 hours on it. Any one know what I'm looking at here, i would appreciate any help.




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Romi

07-14-2019 09:27:38




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Thanks Jim I'll do that and pray for the best.



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Destroked 450

07-14-2019 06:16:58




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 Re: Service plate leak on 1987 ford 450 loader backhoe in reply to Romi, 07-10-2019 19:57:11  
Looks like it's been recently repainted and it may have had the dash panel swapped out at some time.

Ether way it's a nice looking machine and sounds like you got a good deal.

I'd use it and keep a watch on the transmission oil level, if it doesn't leak bad I wouldn't mess with it, it's a pretty big job splitting one of those tractors.



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Romi

07-13-2019 19:44:34




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Romi

07-13-2019 19:42:20




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Romi

07-13-2019 19:33:17




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 Re: Service plate leak on 1987 ford 450 loader backhoe in reply to Romi, 07-10-2019 19:57:11  
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It was an estate sale and the farmer hardly used it and it looks like and moves like new. The brakes stop on a dime with out much effort and the backhoe is in brand new condition and everything else is smooth. It was barn kept and came with the original owners manual.

I would like to be sure, do to my experience being limited what is a good way of knowing. Even if there was a switch up I don't think they drop the hours so low. I think if I sold it for parts I'd get easy 8000.00 for just the backhoe and that's more than I paid for the machine.

Jim you may be right about some excess oil being drained out when it was elevated, when I was using it earlier I didn't raise it so high and I checked and nothing was leaking out the weep hole. I'm going to keep my eyes on it , because even with low hours if it's standing still seals can dry out.

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Jim.ME

07-13-2019 17:59:54




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 Re: Service plate leak on 1987 ford 450 loader backhoe in reply to Romi, 07-10-2019 19:57:11  
It is fairly common to have a weep hole in the bottom of a clutch area. The cotter pin is installed loosely so it can move around and keep the weep hole open. Oil coming from the hole is a warning. It sounds like you might have a seal or gasket leaking at the front of the transmission, based on your description of the oil. Dark or black oil would indicate a rear main leak to me.

There may have been some oil pooled inside that ran out when the machine tipped as it worked. I expect splitting the tractor is the only way to get into it to fix it. Others may have other thoughts.

I have to ask. Is this a one owner tractor and are you sure the meter has always worked and never been changed? 430 hours on a 1987 tractor is a rarity.

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Romi

07-13-2019 14:09:13




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Hi Jim, the liquid was light oil with a bluish tint. The trans and hydraulic oil was just changed before I bought the machine.I'll try to get a picture of the weep hole but it was in the center after the bell housing.



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Jim.ME

07-12-2019 06:25:24




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 Re: Service plate leak on 1987 ford 450 loader backhoe in reply to Romi, 07-10-2019 19:57:11  
Clear like water or clear like clean oil? Did you get some on your finger to see what it is? Is this a weep hole in a plate under the clutch area? More info and a photo might help.



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