RK55 Hydrostatic 50-hour Service: My first big RK post

   / RK55 Hydrostatic 50-hour Service: My first big RK post #31  
Hey Bear, shouldn't be any issue with warranty. Keep receipts for the products you buy. I called the head mechanic at the store before I went there to make sure they had everything on hand. He told me to take a pic of the clock hours so he could update his records. Seems to me that they keep all the filters back in the service area rather than on the shelves. I don't remember seeing any filters marked with TYM. Biggest problem for me was getting the hydraulic filter off. I finally used a hammer and chisel on the base to break it loose. Don't know of the RK55 has a strainer to remove and clean but the manual for the 37 isn't very informative and I couldn't locate it. Someone on here finally sent a picture from the parts break down showing the location. By that time I had alrready decided to blow the cleaning off since the magnetic on the drain plug was clean along with the oil. I'll do another service way before time due and catch it then.

Also, not sure about the amount of trans/hydraulic oil the RK55 takes but the 37HC holds 9.2 gallons per the manual. Biggest drain pan I found was only 6 gallons. I wound up getting a 25 gallon live stock feeder and draining it into that then transferring it over into the recycle containers.
 
   / RK55 Hydrostatic 50-hour Service: My first big RK post #32  
Approaching my 50-hours. I'm not finding most filter and oil SKUs on ruralking.com. I found only one product. Would these SKUs have changed?

Aside from saving labor cost, what are the advantages of doing the service yourself? Would doing so possibly cause difficulty in getting warranty service in the future?
There's no problem with warranty if you do the service. I was told that by the local rk. The reason I took mine to the store was to get their experience on initial service and things to check... Sure enough they tightened up a couple things and reseated the engine cover panels to solve an airflow problem... He had more experience with that model than me and it was useful.

When I left, I picked up the next set of service items I would need so I can do it.

Separately, I punctured the hyd filter on a brush pile and called the store. The mechanic was able to provide a part number and cross reference to napa... Helpful.

Fwiw, NAPA didn't have the filter on hand but a nearby Mahindra dealer stepped up and treated me like I bought the tractor from him.
 
   / RK55 Hydrostatic 50-hour Service: My first big RK post #33  
May I STRONGLY recommend that you get a Fumoto Valve to replace your oil drain plug. They thread in place of the plug, provide an easy to operate, but locking ball valve actuator and are available in straight or 90-degree options. I have them on 2 of my vehicles for easy and clean oil changes and you can drain the oil while warm to hot because you never touch it. In your case, you would get a 90-degree option with a nipple so that you can slide on a length of hose and drain that oil into a pan with ZERO MESS.

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Once you find the model you need, you can order from Amazon. And since it would be located ABOVE the backhoe subframe, it is perfectly well protected from being impacted or damaged.
Do you by chance know the model # for the 90 degree oil plug that fits the RK55?
 
   / RK55 Hydrostatic 50-hour Service: My first big RK post #34  
The RK37HC front axle also needs to have oil added after driving it for a little while after a service. I thought I had a leak when I checked at the 10 Hr. lube service and it was very low - I added a quart. At the 100 hr. (annual) service it was still at the correct level. The manual says it does not need changing annually and not until many more hrs. :)

Also, I picked up supplies by ordering on line from RK and while the manual says you don't need to change the hydraulic filter I had ordered one anyway... They gave me the RK55 hydraulic filter, not the RK37 one. They look very similar. The RK55 starts with 155 while the RK37 starts with 133. Both end in 02100 so easy to mix up. Happily the filter I put on at the 50 hr service was not damaged when I took it off so I put it back on. It will be changed at the next Hydraulic fluid change (12 months) since I found lots of shavings on the magnetic plug after having very few at the 50 hr / 1 year service. (I have been switching to 4 wheel drive off and on quite a bit and using the diff lock as well - hill and mud.)

FYI, on the 37K the strainer filter (shown in the manual as being on the left) is actually behind the pipe on the right of the engine. It cannot be removed but about 1/2 can stick out of the hole, unless you take off the loader frame. Since it was clean last time I left it alone this time.

What I need now is a dye to tell me if I overfilled or under filled the hydraulic fluid. It is so clean I can't tell in the sight glass.
 
 
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