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    Default FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    I topped off the fluid and changed the hydraulic filter, but there is absolutely no action in the 3-point lift arms or in the front-end loader. Power steering works; it has an independent pump and uses the fluid from the differential. Any ideas? The manual has no advice about any overload/bypass device.

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    Are the two pumps mounted in tandem? Are they driven by the same output shaft from the engine or are they separately mounted?
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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    The PS pump is an add-on up front, with fan-belt power. External plumbing accesses the differential as the fluid source.
    3-point and FEL power comes out of the differential case. Nothing in the manual about any internal filter to get clogged or any externally-accessible bypass or overload valve. This tractor is an India-manufactured copy of a 70's Ford/Long 3-cylinder diesel.
    Thanks for any pointers you can give me.

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    3-point and FEL power comes out of the differential case.
    Well, the fluid comes from there, but the pump must be mounted to the engine. It could possibly be a sheared shaft or key on the shaft that drives the pump. Look for hydraulic lines from the sump going under the tractor towards the front to find the pump.
    Also, there is definitely a filter or screen somewhere...
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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Tex5String View Post
    I topped off the fluid and changed the hydraulic filter, but there is absolutely no action in the 3-point lift arms or in the front-end loader. Power steering works; it has an independent pump and uses the fluid from the differential. Any ideas? The manual has no advice about any overload/bypass device.
    Just went through the same thing with my Farmtrac 80. Water in the hydraulic oil was the problem with mine. I had to leave the tractor at a ash pile where I was loading a spreader daily. Got a heavy rain in the night and I guess the water went in around the shifter boot. The steering always worked but on cold mornings the loader, 3 point lift or remotes wouldn't work. I checked the outlet at the pump and it was pumping. Only thing I can figure was the relief valve was stuck open and all the oil was dumping back in the belly. Once I saw the pump was pumping I'd let it run and once it warmed up everything started working.

    To remove the water I dumped in two cans of Seafoam transtune. Directions are on the can for hydraulic systems. Ran the tractor long enough to get hydraulic oil through all the cylinders and drained everything. Everything meaning I drained all hydraulic cylinders as well. Changed the filter and put in new oil and yesterday it was in the low 30's and everything worked fine. You could have a different problem but just wanted to share this just in case.
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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    If you have changed the hydraulic filter and still have the problem then, pull the left rear foot plate loose on the back and you will see a round access cover that will go into rear axle housing. You will see the suction pipe that is bolted to it-take the bolts out of that pipe and get it out of your way. When you pull the round access cover, inside attached to the cover is the internal suction screen-if it is really clogged up you need to rinse and clean the entire housing internally-we have even had to remove the lift cover to clean it properly. Some tractors came from overseas with some type of additive that "slims" in the hydraulic fluid.

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    SESS,
    Is this oil problem just on a few tractors or is it enough of a problem that any Indian Farmtrac should have the hydraulic oil changed early?

    Tom

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    I would go ahead and change it to be on the safe side...........

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    Sounds like the problem could also be that the control valve is stuck........

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    Default Re: FarmTrac 535 hydraulic failure

    Our dealership has had to do this process on 5 of the Escort tractors in the last year or so. You will definately know when you have a problem. It will not hurt to change the fluids and rinse thoroughly to be on the safe side like Tommybr says.

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