Howdy folks, I've already read quite a bit here, lots of good information.
My problem is that I have a 1025R with 15 hours on it. Actually it's my step dad's but he's kinda clueless about this stuff and asked me to figure it out.
Anyway, I borrowed it to clear some downed trees, and on my second load (front end loader) noticed a big puddle of fluid where I had dropped the previous wood. I pulled onto a flat surface and checked it out. There was a bolt on a line that was so loose I could turn it with my fingers. I tightened it with a wrench and stopped the leak.
After thinking about it a bit, I began to wonder how much had leaked out. So I let it sit and cool before checking, and there was ZERO fluid on the dipstick. The bucket has been on for the entire 15 hours, along with a rear bush hog, so the hydraulics have definitely had a workout.
I'm not sure what to do next.
We have a local dealership and this is the second tractor he has purchased from them. IMO this is 100 percent the fault of either the dealer or whoever assembled the thing (I have no idea how they arrive at the dealership).
Thinking I need to:
1) Be there to witness the removal of the fluid and see how much is left.
2) Check the filter and magnets to see how many filings are present.
3) Insist that at a minimum they do all that for free and refill the reservoir
4) Potentially ask for a new system???
How much of a stink should I make over this?