Tractor Hydraulics Repairs

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Repairing the hydraulic system on your tractor can be a frustrating or expensive endeavor.  However, if you are having problems with your hydraulic system it is important to repair it right away.  The hydraulic system on your tractor or other heavy equipment is designed to work under very heavy loads and in severe operating conditions.  Many times during operation the safety of the equipment operator or others nearby is directly related to hydraulics operating as expected.  If a hydraulic system fails it could cause part of the equipment or its load to suddenly drop or move harming those nearby or the equipment.  Even if your hydraulic system doesn’t fail catastrophically, even a poorly maintained hydraulic system can be a safety hazard.  Operators of hydraulic machinery are well trained and often have a lot of experience using a specific kind piece of equipment.  If the hydraulic system is not operating properly it can cause the equipment to move slower or faster, be jerky or otherwise move in an expected way making it not only difficult to operate, but also a safety hazard.

Why should I worry about tractor hydraulics?

Maintaining your tractor hydraulics system has the same repercussions and should be a serious concern.  The best way to keep your equipment in good and safe working order is to follow the preventative maintenance schedule for your particular piece of equipment provided by the manufacturer.  Be sure to follow all the recommended maintenance at the proper intervals for the specific conditions and usage of your tractor or piece of equipment.

One piece of preventative maintenance is regular safety checks.  These safety checks should be completed once per day, or even every time your use your tractor or hydraulic equipment.  Safety checks should include things like:

  • A visual inspection of all hydraulic rams for leaks or scoring
  • A visual inspection of hydraulic hoses for kinks or leaks
  • A visual inspection of all joints for proper lubrication and movement
  • A visual inspection of hydraulic pump for leaks or blockage
  • A visual inspection of all valves and controls for leaks or wear
  • A visual inspection of hydraulic reservoir fluid level

Leaking Tractor HydraulicMany of these safety checks will help you determine if your tractor or equipment is safe to use.  Many of these checks will also help you find a leak in your hydraulic system before it becomes a significant problem.  Leaking hydraulic joints, rams, pumps and hoses is one of the main concerns facing older hydraulic equipment.  If these leaks are left unchecked they can quickly grow into fast leaks which lower the system pressure and cause slow or erratic behavior.  Hydraulic leaks can also lead to low hydraulic fluid reservoirs which will render the equipment inoperable and possibly damage the equipment or put the operators or others in danger.

What do I do if I notice a leak?

If you notice a leak in the hydraulic system on your tractor during a safety inspection you should seal it immediately.  The easiest solution is to add BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak to the hydraulic fluid reservoir.  BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is specially formulated to be used with any hydraulic fluid.  It mixes in your system and is safe to circulate with the hydraulic fluid and will not clog or harm the system in any way.  BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak will restore the dried, cracked or shrunken seals to their original condition, sealing your leak.  BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is available in 16oz, 32oz or 1 gallon sizes.  1 gallon of BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak can treat up to 20 gallons of hydraulic fluid!

 

BlueDevil Products can be found on Amazon.com or at AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, NAPA, and other major auto parts retailers.

45 responses to "Tractor Hydraulics Repairs"

45 Comments

  1. Paudie on July 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Is it safe to use in the rear end of a tractor. Would it do any harm to the brakes

    • BlueDevil Pro on July 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Paudie-

      BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak should not be used in brake systems.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  2. Gary Utterback on October 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Can I use blue devil head gasket repair in my allis chalmers d15 tractor?

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 11, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Gary-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer is compatible and safe to use in your Allis Chalmers d15 tractor. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  3. Mike Williamson on March 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    One of the hydraulic rams on the front loader of my Fordson Major has sprung a leak from the seal around the joint between the piston and the outer casing. It leaks at a rate of about 100ml a minute even when there is no load in the bucket.. Would Blue Devil Stop Leak cure this or is it a strip and replace situation? If so, how much would I need to ensure that it gets to the point of the leak.

    • BlueDevil Pro on March 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Mike-

      Thank you for asking about your Fordson Major. Based on your description, unfortunately, it seems you may be losing fluid a little too quickly in order for the product to be successful. Typically, you would start to notice improvement after about 1-2 hours of operation. It sounds like you would be losing the product, along with your regular fluid, before it got a chance to seal. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  4. Mike Williamson on April 18, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for your response. I guessed that the leak might be too big, but thought I’d ask anyway.
    However, I found your response very helpful.

    Mike

  5. Jeremy on June 6, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I have a Yanmar 1602D tractor with a front bucket attachment. I’ve noticed several tiny leaks on the lines that I’d like to get another season out of. I may be wrong but it looks like the front attachment pulls from the hydraulic transmission fluid that also is part of the braking system (that also leaks). I couldn’t find a separate resivor. Can I use this product if it shares the same fluid? Any other products that might work?

    • BlueDevil Pro on June 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Jeremy-

      Thank you for asking about your Yanmar 1602D tractor. Yes, it would be fine to add the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak for the symptoms and leaks you have described. You will be using one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  6. Beth Young on July 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    We have a 38hp Taskmaster tractor with a hydraulic fluid leak, uses same fluid in the transmission as the hydraulics–can Blue Devil Stop Leak be used on this Chinese tractor?

  7. Thomas George on July 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Will this product work in a hinomoto e182 tractor because the fluid is coming out from around the rear axle goes into the tractor

    • BlueDevil Pro on July 6, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Thomas-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak would be safe and compatible to use on your Hinomoto E182 Tractor. You will be using one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  8. Luke on July 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I have a ford 4600 su tractor, where the transmission and rear end come together it is leaking some fluid. Would your hydraulic stop leak work for this issue? The fluid in the rear end is the same used in the hydraulic system, transmission and rear end (New Holland dealer is the one who recommends and sells the same fluid for all 3).

    • BlueDevil Pro on July 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Luke-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford 4600SU tractor. Based on your description, we do recommend using the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak. You will use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system, and should expect to see results after approximately 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  9. John coady on August 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I got 2006 new holland and got a trans hydraulic fluid leak from where the transmission and engine bolt together will your product damage my transmission

    • BlueDevil Pro on August 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      John-

      Thank you for asking about your New Holland. No, BlueDevil does not harden or thicken in anyway, so it would not cause any adverse affects on the transmission. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  10. Mark hanna on January 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Hi there .I have a 1979 ford 4600 tractor’it has developed a leak in the hydraulic pump.it seems to be coming from the rod that goes into the top of the hydraulic pump.i was wondering will the blue devil product stop the leak? kind regards

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 25, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Mark-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford 4600 Tractor. The BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is only intended to treat rubber seals/gaskets. If the leak is indeed coming from one of those rubbers, it would be applicable to use the product. You will use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  11. Art Bedard on May 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I have a Mahindra emax 22 hst that has developed a small trans mission/hydraulic leak from the year axle. Can I use your stop leak product on my tractor?

    • BlueDevil Pro on May 21, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Art-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use on your Mahindra tractor. You would use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system. Expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  12. Rom Haghighi on August 5, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I have a Yanmar 3220 D which leaks small amount of hydraulic oil from underneath the steering wheel. Will Blue Devil help with stopping that?

    • BlueDevil Pro on August 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Rom-

      Thank you for asking about your Yanmar 3220D. Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak would be able to seal the type of leak you’ve described. You will be using one oz. of the product per quart of oil in the system, and should expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  13. Caleb Spencer on March 9, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Is it safe to use in the rear end of a long 2610? I have a leak coming from a cotter pin shoved in th rear end.

    • BlueDevil Pro on March 10, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Caleb-

      Yes, BlueDevil is safe and compatible to use in the rear differential. You would use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system. Expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  14. Michael Conroy on March 12, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    I have a Kubota L4330 GST recommending. UDT2 hydRaulic fluid. Is you product safe to us with this synthetic fluid and type transmission. I have multiple small leaks that I am trying to eliminate.

    • BlueDevil Pro on March 15, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Michael-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use with synthetic fluid. You will use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid i the system. Expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  15. Daniel on June 14, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, os it safe to use for hydraulic 4wd housing is leaking same oil to use for the wet brakes will it do any harm

    • BlueDevil Pro on June 14, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      Daniel-

      Unfortunately, the product would not be compatible with wet brakes setup. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  16. Dan Droege on October 11, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I have a small leak coming from the hydrostatic transmission box of my John Deere 425 garden tractor, which uses 7 quarts of Hy-gard Low Viscosity transmission oil. Is it okay to safely mix BlueDevil hydraulic stop leak with the oil and transmission mechanism in this small tractor?

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 12, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Dan-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use for the application you’ve described. You will use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid in the system. You should expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      • Jerry on October 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm

        I have a John Deere 3720 with a hydraulic leak from a gasket. I tightened a couple of loose bolts which slowed the leak to a few drops per night. I know it has a wet brakes but is that part of the hydraulic system and if not is blue devil appropriate for fixing this leak?

        • BlueDevil Pro on October 28, 2021 at 8:39 am

          Jerry-

          Thank you for asking about your John Deere. Unfortunately, the product is not compatible with that type of application. Replacing the gasket would be your best option.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  17. Gary M Schlaff on February 25, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    I mistakenly added Blue Devil Engine Smoke Stop to my 1994 Ingersoll 3014 hydraulic reservoir, and my hydraulic system started leaking badly. Will Blue Devil Hydraulic Repair fix this or slow down the leaks? I would hate to pull all that plumbing out to repair or replace.

    • BlueDevil Pro on February 28, 2022 at 8:15 am

      Gary-

      The BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is intended for leaks that are seeping or lightly dripping. Based on your description, it sounds as though you are losing fluid too quickly for the product to be beneficial. Replacing the seals may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  18. Ben on April 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Can I use this for slow leaks on my bx 25?Trans, brakes run off hydro.

    • BlueDevil Pro on April 5, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Ben-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use in your BX25. It can be used in the transmission, however, it is not intended for use in brake systems. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  19. John lowery on May 4, 2022 at 10:48 am

    I have a mahindra e max 22 that is leaking grand fluid out of shaft for belly mower also it has a interior filter can I use this and not worry about clogging the filter

    • BlueDevil Pro on May 4, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      John-

      The BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak does not harden or thicken in anyway, so it would not clog or restrict flow. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  20. Frank Carr on June 13, 2022 at 11:20 am

    We own a 1977 4166 International tractor that we only use for pulling our RV trailers onto the extremely soft sand at the beach. We also tow people out of sand occasionally too. Our tractor sets all winter in extreme cold and I am guessing that the seals shrink and we have lots of small leaks in the summer. This tractor is totally run on hydraulic fluid including the brake system.and transmission. Is it safe to use Blue Angel hydraulic stop leak in our tractor without causing damage?
    Thanks, Frank

    Don’t know where I came up with Blue Angel (Maybe the Air Force Blue Angels) but I meant BlueDevil! Sorry!
    Frank

    • BlueDevil Pro on June 13, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Frank-

      Thank you for asking about your International Tractor. The BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is only intended for rubber seals/gaskets, and can not be used in brake systems. You would, however, be able to use it in the transmission. You would want to use one oz. of the product per quart of fluid capacity. You should expect to start seeing results after 1-2 hours of operation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  21. Dan on July 18, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Would this be OK to use in an old 1950’s Farmall Super A hydraulic system for a small leak?

    • BlueDevil Pro on July 19, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Dan-

      It would be safe to use the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak for your Farmall Super A. However, the product is only intended for rubber seals. It would not have any affect on cork, rope, paper or any other type of material.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      • Doug on July 13, 2023 at 8:01 am

        Is it safe for use in a 2290 case tractor Thanks

        • BlueDevil Pro on July 13, 2023 at 9:21 am

          Doug-

          Yes, the BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use in a 2290 case tractor. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

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