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    Default Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    I have an older Ford 555 (late 70's) and it has a power reversing transmission. The problem is it acts like a car that is low on tranny fluid. Going into forward, sometimes you have to wait or throttle it a little before it will engage, on the flat, it seems to always go into reverse. Anytime you go on an steep incline, it will stop moving and you will have to pull your way back off with the rear hoe. On the level, it is still very useable, but any side to side tilting will stop it as well. I have changed filters and the old ones were not that old, still where white and had NAPA on them. Now, the transmission does leak, drips out of the bell housing. This may leak out 5 gallons over several days of work, not that bad, but bad enough.

    I also have been running hyd/trans oil in both the hydraulics and the transmission. If this is not right, let me know.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    sounds like time for a complete rebuild.as far as the oil,you are using the right type in both.the foward clutches are worn out,by the way you describe it.
    new holland backhoes 675E 555E 1978 L9000 ford tri axle dump 1993 f700 single axle dump 2007 hudson 12tn trailer 1989cz enginering trailer A62 ford end loader

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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    [QUOTE=jeffd;1172643]I have an older Ford 555 (late 70's) and it has a power reversing transmission. The problem is it acts like a car that is low on tranny fluid. Going into forward, sometimes you have to wait or throttle it a little before it will engage, on the flat, it seems to always go into reverse. Anytime you go on an steep incline, it will stop moving and you will have to pull your way back off with the rear hoe. On the level, it is still very useable, but any side to side tilting will stop it as well. I have changed filters and the old ones were not that old, still where white and had NAPA on them. Now, the transmission does leak, drips out of the bell housing. This may leak out 5 gallons over several days of work, not that bad, but bad enough.

    I also have been running hyd/trans oil in both the hydraulics and the transmission. If this is not right, let me know.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.[/QUOTEmy 555 backhoe is doing exactly the same thing I just bought mine was going to see if trans was low of fluid but not sure were to check it does it have a dipstick and weres it at and were do you add fluid if you can help i'd appr. it thanks

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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    I'm not an expert, but it sure sounds like a slipping torque converter to me. Those tractors have a torque converter driving a gear transmission. The shuttle control just operates a solenoid that drives a reversing gear in the transmission. The torque converter is the only thing that can slip.
    Jim


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    Default Re: thks will check

    Quote Originally Posted by jinman View Post
    I'm not an expert, but it sure sounds like a slipping torque converter to me. Those tractors have a torque converter driving a gear transmission. The shuttle control just operates a solenoid that drives a reversing gear in the transmission. The torque converter is the only thing that can slip.
    thks il check it out hope just low on fluid ps were do you check tran.fluid on 555 backhoe thks

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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    I have an LB75B New Holland and the dipstick/fill port is on the left of the engine back by the firewall. It may be/ probably is different on the 555.
    Jim


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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jinman View Post
    The torque converter is the only thing that can slip.
    TC AND forward & reverse clutch packs can slip. If it acts up in one direction only, it's likely that particular directional clutch.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Default Re: Ford 555 backhoe transmission problem

    Quote Originally Posted by RickB View Post
    TC AND forward & reverse clutch packs can slip. If it acts up in one direction only, it's likely that particular directional clutch.
    I'm sure you are right. The clutch pack sounds exactly like the symptoms. That'll teach me to not give advice without m manual in my hands.
    Jim


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