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Major problem with 318

4969 Views 21 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  900thun
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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I believe I saw it on some post on a different website. Won't name
I do have a slight leak in the power steering cylinder
Hi bob, send some photos, if definitely take a look
Any other ideas what could be the issue
Shouldn't the tires on the tractor not move when tractor is off. I'm able to push it around a little. I don't want to do this much incase it's bad for the hydro unit. If the pins are up on the relief valve then how is it able to move.
yes i do have version 3 of the linkage..
my tractor serial is 487290. im gonna go through all the linkage all the way back to the swashplate arm and check for loose bolts, etc. this does make me a little more at ease. there are a grea group of guys here with great help..any more people that can chime in on this would be great
Chuck, and everyone else posting information. Can't thank you enough. I will inspect the tractor very thoroughly to see what I can come up with
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