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    1025r FEL very slow to lower... help me :(

    My 1025R has @250hrs and has had 2 fully services including hydraulic fluid changes, filter change and suction strainer cleaned. The last hydraulic service was @100 hours ago.

    Yesterday while using the tractor for a large project the tractors front end loader (FEL) started the day fine, but suddenly developed a very slow to lower bucket situation... the system seemed to solve itself and then came back and was very very slow to lower with a full bucket or an empty bucket. The lift and curl cylinders had full power and felt great, just lowering was extremely slow. Checked the hydraulic fluid, looked at the proper level.

    I tried to read old threads and found talks of bad cylinders or clogged hydraulic orfices?

    Where should I start my trouble shooting? Anyone else had this issue?

    She is out of warranty...

    Thanks in advance.

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    Sounds like the hydraulic level control(spool control valve unit) for the lift/lower is not switch to release and apply for circuit to lower. It might mean a dealer repair or replacement.
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    Unseat, clean, then reconnect all 4 couplers...this solves most "my FEL won't xxx" issues. Also it's not uncommon for a coupler to go bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemoore98 View Post
    My 1025R has @250hrs and has had 2 fully services including hydraulic fluid changes, filter change and suction strainer cleaned. The last hydraulic service was @100 hours ago.

    Yesterday while using the tractor for a large project the tractors front end loader (FEL) started the day fine, but suddenly developed a very slow to lower bucket situation... the system seemed to solve itself and then came back and was very very slow to lower with a full bucket or an empty bucket. The lift and curl cylinders had full power and felt great, just lowering was extremely slow. Checked the hydraulic fluid, looked at the proper level.

    I tried to read old threads and found talks of bad cylinders or clogged hydraulic orfices?

    Where should I start my trouble shooting? Anyone else had this issue?

    She is out of warranty...

    Thanks in advance.

    Jason
    Step #1 should be to swap your curl lines with the lift lines at your mid-SVC quick connects. Does the problem still exist if you do that?
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    What the others said, could not get mine additions to save.

    Basically, swap and see if problem moves
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    unseat, clean, then reconnect all 4 couplers...this solves most "my fel won't xxx" issues. Also it's not uncommon for a coupler to go bad.
    ^^^^^^this!
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    1025r FEL very slow to lower... help me 😞

    Thanks to all those who posted up and are helping troubleshoot. Greatly appreciated gentlemen.

    I tried cleaning the quick couplings near the peddles first and same thing, lowered very slow. Next o tried various combinations of plugging different colors to different colors and I was able to get every function of the loader to work, but one always was very slow...

    The blue connection female coupling at the tractor appears to be the culprit. Any function plugged into that connection is slow to operate and when I shut the tractor off and do a circle with the FEL control to alleviate pressure there is always an insane amount of pressure left on the blue coupling. I mean literally had to tap the male couplings with a towel wrapped around them with a brass hammer. Needless to say after doing this a few times Iím coated, my tractor is coated, barn coated and even my chocolate lab with three legs is coated in hydraulic fluid even holding a towel over the couplings. I was not able to alleviate the pressure on anything plugged into that blue female coupling by pressing it against a hard object and Iím a big boy...



    Well where do I troubleshoot from here?

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    Good troubleshooting
    My guess would be a bad coupler, as I wrote above it's not that unusual. I think they are $30ish at the dealer.
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    Thanks Kenny, greatly appreciated brother.

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    Called the dealer, coupling is $15 and they have it in stock, loading up the dog and the baby and headed to pocket her up. I will post an update with the new coupling to see if thatís doesnít just fix her right quick. Might be a good reference/lesson learned for someone else.

    Thanks again

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