I have a JD 1025R and the H120 loader. When I went to put the loader on my 1025R today, the loader is still on the stand, but it is so low the tractor front wheels hit the loader and I cannot drive close enough to it to install as usual. I noticed a small puddle of some fluid under the left arm of the loader, and the hydraulic arms closest to the tractor hookup are fully extended. I checked all the connections on the loader, and they all seem to be tight. The leak seems to be coming from inside the frame around the hydraulic front arm.
I hooked up the hoses to the tractor to try to use the controls to get the loader to lift up, but it will not lift high enough to be able to get the front tractor tires under the frame of the loader.
I used the H120 loader last about 5 months ago, and it has been sitting on the stand in my building for the past 5 months covered with a tarp. The loader is 3 years old, and I have less than 10 hours on it. I have maintained it as the manual suggests by greasing all the many lubrication points and making sure all the bolts are tight. I have installed the loader 10 times or so and am proficient in doing so.
Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? I am very frustrated that this loader would fail after such a short amount of use. Thank you in advance for any responses.