Hello, I finally got the right tractor and snow blower to meet the needs of my property. I actually had a 1026R that I sold last year and used the funds to buy my X758. I'm also the kind of person who likes to take on task myself and save the expense of having someone else do it. So I purchased the front PTO kit for the tractor and installed it. When I installed the PTO I followed the instructions, I removed the front wheels, put the axle up on jack stands, and removed the existing plugs in the axle. When refilling the front axle with hydraulic fluid I watched for the fluid to show up in the vents on top of the wheel cylinder. As soon as I saw fluid I stopped adding fluid. Things went smoothly and everything appeared to be correct. We had a major snow storm for our area and I used the tractor to open my driveway and several of my neighbors driveways. When the snow melted I noticed spots of hydraulic fluid on the driveway and there was a nice puddle under the front of the tractor laying there greeting me the next morning. The hydraulic fluid was coming from both the front and rear PTO seals.
So the tractor had been sitting for a while and Spring started to roll around so I removed the snow blower, hitch, etc. I purchased a new transmission filter and 3 gallons of hydraulic fluid. From what I have read, the front axle takes 5.3 quarts and the rear takes 7.2 quarts of transmission fluid. I drained all the hydraulic fluid and replaced the transmission filter. I started with the front axle as the instructions stated. I removed the wheels, put the front axle on jack stands, and removed the vent caps on both sides. I put 4 quarts into the front axle and then I started on the second gallon. I'm not sure just how much more I added but it quickly reached the tops of the vents. From my understanding that is how the manual states it is to be done. So I stopped adding fluid and began to fill the rear.
I filled the rear to the first line on the dipstick and started the tractor and cycled the transmission as instructed. Waited the 3 minutes and brought to middle line on the dipstick. At this point I thought I had resolved the problem. So recently I mowed the grass and was greeted with the same puddle of fluid under the front PTO leaking from the seals.
Has anyone else here ran into this problem when they installed the front PTO? The seals were new and I don't believe that I installed them incorrectly but I'm not real sure why I still have the leak. I have drained off some of the fluid from the front axle, cycled the pedals and checked the dipstick level and it appeared to be still in check. I then drive the machine and sure enough the leak starts again. From my understanding these two seals are not designed to hold the pressure of the fluid or is that incorrect? The last thing that I want to do is damage the transmission so this leak has me very concerned. Could I have damaged the seals in such a way that they no longer work? Sorry for the long winded post but I wanted to let everyone know what I have done so far.
Thanks for any help and advise that you can provide.