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    Hydraulic fluid leak and Blue Devil

    My 1025R developed a small hydraulic fluid leak at about 30 hours. By small leak I refer to a spot on the concrete under the rear axle about the size of a quarter overnight. Sometimes there was no leak for a few days, and then another spot would appear. I cleaned the underside of the tractor but couldn't find a specific leak location. I changed the filter, screen and fluid. I used JD a JD brand filter and Hy-Gard fluid. The screen was remarkably clean. The intermittent leak continued, though. The longest without a drop under the tracor was a couple of nights.

    I came across several threads and posts recommending a Blue Devil brand product.Click image for larger version. 

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    I added 16 oz to the tractor, and within a day the leak had stopped, and has not come back. That was about 20 hours ago. SO, here's my question.

    My next scheduled (JD recommended) hydraulic fluid change is in about another 55 hours. Should I do the fluid change early to remove the stop leak stuff now that the leak appears to be sealed? Or should I just leave it as is and wait to do the service?
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    Where is it leaking from?

    I’m not typically a fan of “mechanic in a bottle” type fixes, I would rather get to the root cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemoore98 View Post
    Where is it leaking from?

    I’m not typically a fan of “mechanic in a bottle” type fixes, I would rather get to the root cause.

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    I agree - especially because of the fact of the intricacy of the transmission which shares the hydraulic fluid with the rest of the system.
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    I shamefully admit trying sealube once on a steering cylinder. It worked almost instantly and for a while but while i was out of town an axle seal let go sitting in the garage and all at once i had a quart or 2 of hydro on the floor. I drained the fluid until i could change the seals and refilled with new following seal replacement. Almost instantly, the original steering cylinder started leaking again. Ill let you decide what level of coincidence to apply to all this. I replaced the steering cylinder (took awhile for that to grow back) and all is well.

    Would i use it again? Not unless it was an absolute emergency.
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    Isn't your tractor under warranty, Doc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemoore98 View Post
    Where is it leaking from?

    I’m not typically a fan of “mechanic in a bottle” type fixes, I would rather get to the root cause.

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    As I said in my post, I cleaned all the grime on the underside of the tractor, and searched several times for a source of the leak. And I was not able to find any specific point with hydraulic fluid coming from it. Had I found the source and location of the leak, I would have addressed the specific problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I agree - especially because of the fact of the intricacy of the transmission which shares the hydraulic fluid with the rest of the system.
    Thant's for responding, but that was not my question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozsey View Post
    I shamefully admit trying sealube once on a steering cylinder. It worked almost instantly and for a while but while i was out of town an axle seal let go sitting in the garage and all at once i had a quart or 2 of hydro on the floor. I drained the fluid until i could change the seals and refilled with new following seal replacement. Almost instantly, the original steering cylinder started leaking again. Ill let you decide what level of coincidence to apply to all this. I replaced the steering cylinder (took awhile for that to grow back) and all is well.

    Would i use it again? Not unless it was an absolute emergency.
    Interesting story, but does anyone have an answer to my posted question?
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    I would change it early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Isn't your tractor under warranty, Doc?
    Yes, it is, but I can't just let it sit at the dealer until it finally gets serviced. That's why I've done all the maintenance so far myself, even buying and installing parts that I know would be covered by warranty. Besides, my local dealer's shop doesn't have a great reputation, and if I do it myself at least I know it's done correctly. And the few parts I've needed so far haven't been terribly expensive. That's why I really like GTT as a source of information.
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