Is it time to change your hydraulic and transmission fluids?
How often do you check your hydraulic and transmission fluids for water? Most don’t and can lead to very expensive repairs. The easiest way is to run it for awhile and then pull the dipstick to see if the fluid id a clear light amber color or a milky cream color. If it is the milky cream color, we need to change the fluids before cold weather hits. There are two ways water occurs in these fluids…one being that when it goes from cold to warm and back again, condensation occurs and after a while, more water vapors are added to those fluids. The other cause is the rubber boots on the shifters are bad and need to be replaced. Anytime it rains or snows, water is being added to the system through the openings or cracks in the boots. We had one customer that called and said for some reason he could not shift his tractor. Once the cover was removed, we could see a solid block of ice where it should have been transmission fluid. It took 3 days in a warm shop to finally get the ice to melt and run out into a 5-gallon pail.