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    Default L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    After putting up with a "jerky" 3 point hitch for two and a half years I've finally decided I'll find out for myself if it can be adjusted to make it smooth. I've seen some videos that show really rough movement, and some that are really quite good, so there's obviously something that can be done about it.

    Whether that will require a different valve, or simply adjusting the one I already have is what I'm looking to determine.

    Mine is one of the later L3400's, built in 2009 with a serial number of 85831. It's supposed to have position control valve (PCV) part number YR908-00102, which was installed in L3400's with a serial number greater than 72622 according to the latest data I have to work from.

    This morning was dis-assembly, since the PCV is located under the top transmission case everything above it has to be removed.



    The seat comes off easily by pulling the hairpin on the right side and sliding out the pivot pin, then I removed the two steel covers over the transmission and rear axle, using a 12mm socket and wrench.



    Next came the seat base, it's held in place with 4 bolts, 12mm wrench. I unplugged the seat position switch and left it mounted on the base.

    Sean

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    Next is the sub-plate that the seat base mounts on, it's held on by 4 larger bolts and two smaller ones out on the "wings" at each fender. 14mm and 12 mm wrenches. In case you're wondering about how you get the plate over the hook-shaped transmission breather tube, the tube is rubber !


    I removed the tool box strut from between the fenders, as well as the angle iron I have my rear work light attached to. Makes for easier access to lift out the transmission cover, which is NOT light, about 40-50 lbs with the upper lift arms attached.


    Next you remove the cross strut in the front of the cover. As far as I can see, all it does is stiffen the front of the fenders and gives the 4wd engaging rod a hole to locate it. You need a 17 mm socket to remove the two center bolts, which also hold down the trans cover front. They are TIGHT, as are all of the bolts holding this thing together. I suspect kubota requires it's employees to pass strength tests, because all the bolts were a lot tighter than they really needed to be

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    The wiring harness is definitely in the way, I marked and unplugged as much as I could, the only tricky ones are two very similar connectors under the right side, be sure you mark which is which. The clips have "christmas tree" fasteners on them, you squeeze them together to get the clips released from the brackets.


    The feedback rod is easily removed, it has two cotter pins which you'll need to replace when you're finished.

    The lower lift arms are easily unhooked, they have linch pins holding the vertical links in place on the top arms.


    You'll need to remove the position control lever guide to get it off the shaft that goes into the PCV. Three bolts (12mm head) and it comes out.

    There is a split pin holding the bottom of the lever in place on the adjustment shaft, you will need a small drift punch to remove that. Mine was quite tight and took a fair bit of tapping, but it moved OK once it started. You might be able to leave the whole issue in place and remove it with the cover, but it would be awkward to handle.



    The hydraulic pipe is held in place at both ends by a banjo fitting with copper washers. You need to remove both ends to get enough movement to get the cover off, and immediately plug the openings to keep dirt out. 26mm socket for the banjo bolts.

    You'll lose about a cup of fluid, just what the pipe holds, although I left a bucket under the bottom end to catch any drips.


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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    Ok, get a grip on the edge of your seat ! It's time to remove the top cover. It's held down by 10 bolts (17 mm heads), two of which you already removed to get the cross strut off the front of the cover. I used compressed air to blow any dust away from the cover before removing it. Mine was stuck down pretty good, I ended up using light pressure on a four foot crowbar to break it loose. Be careful where you pry, it's a bad place to break something (expensive). The cover is heavy too, if you're not sure get some reliable help to give you a hand getting it off and steering around the dam* wiring harness.

    There IS no gasket under the cover on top of the trans case, kubota uses an RTV (silicone) sealant here. I plan to use Loctite 515 sealant when I reassemble the last time, it shouldn't leak much simply trying the 3 point.

    Here is the view from the ring-side seat, for those of us that were wondering just what the inside of the transmission case looks like.










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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    The cover itself has the 3 point valve on the bottom front. I have no idea what the numbers mean, before someone asks. Maybe someone can shed some light on that.





    All in all, the whole dis-assembly process took me about an hour and a half, taking my time and taking pictures as I went. The longest part of this is going to be making an adjustment, partially reassembling and trying the hydraulics to see what difference it's made, if any. I'm going to measure what I have to start with so I can go back if necessary, and to see if it's set up the way kubota recommends in their service manual.

    I can understand why the dealers as a whole aren't eager to start trying to fix this, it's time consuming work trying to fix a problem that Kubota corporate won't admit even exists.

    Sean

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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    Sean,

    I'm very impressed and will be watching this thread intently.

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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    You are doing great, on the edge of my seat. I got jerky hitch syndrome also, would be great to get resolved...

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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    Oh man, yes very interested in what you find and I applaud you for tackling this.

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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    Thanks for the votes of confidence, I knew there were a few people that would find this interesting..

    The job itself is pretty straightforward mechanically, kubota's done a good job making it easy to get apart, all the fasteners are accessible and no special tools required, at least not yet.

    I should be able to get some preliminary measurements and try an adjustment tomorrow, with any luck I'll get a chance to do a test run before work. I really hope an adjustment or two will give the improvement in performance we're all hoping to see. If it truly is a design problem it's going to be hard to cure for most if not all of us.

    The thing that gives me hope is that some of us have managed to get their dealers to work on these and have had good results. Most said it was a matter of fine tuning the valves. If the dealer can do it, there's really no reason to think a competent mechanic with some time can't achieve the same results at home.

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    Default Re: L3400 3-point hitch adjustment

    Sean, we are all hoping. Lots of guys have recently reported that the dealers have fixed them but we just don't know for sure what they did and how long and how much trouble it was. My 2nd dealer that I contacted about this 2 weeks ago has not called back yet. But with you we are going to know if it can be fixed with just adjustment, and how much of a PITA it really is..carry on, and Thank You.

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