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3600 losing power steering fluid?


 
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AlanBarrett
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: 3600 losing power steering fluid? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No external leaks to mention. Oil level is over full. Could it be?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:07 am    Post subject: Re: 3600 losing power steering fluid? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

AlanBarrett wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:03:28 11/18/12) No external leaks to mention. Oil level is over full. Could it be?


Yes, the pump could be leaking past the front seal and the steering fluid could be going into the crankcase.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: 3600 losing power steering fluid? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes. Pull the pump apart and look at the bearings. If they are excessively worn, you'll need a new pump. A seal kit will only be a temporary fix.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:10 am    Post subject: Re: 3600 losing power steering fluid? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just happened recently on our 3000. Took it apart and, sure enough, the seal had worn a groove in the shaft. The pump gears and body were still in good shape so took the shaft to an industrial machine rebuilder for what I thought would be weld-up-and-lathe-cut-down job. Instead, they carefully cut a much wider (but not deeper) groove into the shaft, then filled it with a plasma-sprayed ceramic, then machined that down to flush with the rest of the shaft. They said that welding small diameter shafts like this one too often results in slightly warped shafts that then beat up the new seals. Said that this ceramic would outlive me and the rest of the tractor. Has worked great so far. Wasn't cheap but, with all new seals, was about half the cost of a new pump.
 
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