I have searched for quite a while and can't seem to find much info on my problem, so I'm hoping someone can either help me or point me to a previous thread.
I have a 425 with belly mower and 40 Series loader. I noticed that I seem to be losing hydraulic power over time; I've changed fluid and filter with no help. It's been over a year since this started and it has gotten significantly worse. Here's how it started:
When I was mowing and the PTO was running I would go in reverse, and then would have a lag when pushing the pedal forward until it finally would lunge.
Then I noticed I didn't seem to have as much lifting power from my loader.
And now I have very little lifting power on my loader and my bucket will start to curl under unless it's in the FULLY up; even without a load.
I am pretty handy, but know NOTHING about hydraulics. My assumption is my pump possibly needs replaced or something, but again, I have no idea. I called my local JD shop and they can't even schedule me a time for at least 5 weeks; and then it could be weeks after that before they actually get me in. So I'm hoping someone here can help me start some troubleshooting steps on my own.