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Major problem with 318

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Well I want to say this is my first post on any tractor forum. I bought my tractor with 600 hours from a coworker. The only thing wrong with it was the paint was starting to chip since it was left outside in the cold Maine winters. I have done a dramatic restoration, paint job,degreased frame, new tires, controls, etc.

Right now I'm having a hard time trying to diagnose what the problem is now. This winter I was very low on hydro fluid, I read somewhere that I could add trans fluid dexron 3 to he hydro fluid. I added it and it seemed to be fine and then I noticed the reverse speed was slower. Not sure if this was related to he difference in fluid.

Second issue is that when I move the throttle forward or reverse there is a jerking motion that is quite severe. I checked the linkage and I didn't seem to notice anything out of the norm. But I'm not quite sure what to look at.

Third issue is that when the tractor is off I can just roll it around. Is this a normal thing. for some reason I thought it should not move at all. What could cause this to happen.

Thank you for all the help. I'm trying to keep this tractor in tip top shape
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Hello Ben
The Hydro lever assemblies in these Tractor's can be down right Frustrating. To me, they are Over Engineered and as they progressed with them up to the Generation Four system there are far Too many part's involved that can wear out or get out of adjustment. I had some issues with my son in law's new to him John Deere 316 that we built from the ground up recently but once someone told me the correct adjusting process and I went through it,finding some of the Linkage out of adjustment The Tractor work's as it should now with No creep issues. My first year 1983 John Deere 318 as the first generation Hydro linkage in it and it is far more simple to adjust or figure out why it is not working correctly that my son in laws 1991 John Deere 316. Regards, Kurt
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