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    Purchased a Used 1025R - Hydraulic oil never changed - Extremely Worried

    So as the title states I purchased a 2014 1025R a couple of weeks ago. I thought I was thorough before I bought it, I made sure everything worked properly and had the dealer provide me with the service records. There was a service record for 8/14 where the trans drain bolt was leaking. I guess the improper bolt was used from the factory, the trans was drained and the correct bolt installed. Fast forward to last weekend when I changed the engine oil, front axle oil, trans oil, air filters and greased everything to my horror the date written on the trans filter was 8/14!!!!!! The machine has 566 hours on it. The trans suction screen also had a good amount of shavings on it. The machine functions great, I am just really concerned permanent damage was done to the trans by leaving the same oil in it since 8/14. Is there anything I can do to trial the machines trans to make any issues come to light? Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    Since it functions great I would not be too worried. Sounds like it missed the first trans oil change. I have not checked, but service interval might be 500 hours.

    I agree almost 5 years is a long time, but at least you are notway over in hours.

    Did the service record give the hours for the drain/fill and drain bolt replacement? I assume the date is what was on the filter.
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    I could be wrong, but, I think we worry a little too much about changing the trans fluid. If a quality filter is in place, the magnetic suction screen has shavings and the fluid is clear an clean, then the filter and screen are doing their job.

    Since your tractor appears to be working properly, service it now and don't worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdforever View Post
    I could be wrong, but, I think we worry a little too much about changing the trans fluid. If a quality filter is in place, the magnetic suction screen has shavings and the fluid is clear an clean, then the filter and screen are doing their job.

    Since your tractor appears to be working properly, service it now and don't worry about it.
    I agree. There is no question most of us are changing it as a precautionary move rather than getting every last hour of usefulness out of the fluid. Every time I have changed hydraulic fluid on my 2720 and X500 the fluid was clear as water with no visible particles or debris.
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    Maybe.....

    Maybe.... When the drain bolt was replaced to eliminate the leak, the tech could have drained the transmission to do this and replaced the fluid and filter at that time. While the fluid is out, you might as well check the screen and magnet and clean them. There might be people quick enough to change out the bolts and not lose much fluid, but I'd want to look over the threads and make sure I understood the problem. You can't do that with the fluid coming out.

    You said there was a date marked on the filter. Was it written on there or stamped on there? If stamped, it is likely the date of manufacture and not the date of installation. You don't know how long it sat on the shelf and really when it was installed. If it is written on there, who would have written it on there? I've never heard of the manufacturing line tech writing the date of installation on a filter.
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    Run a fluid sample test on your old oil when you change it, they cost around $15. You can also cut your old spin on filter open and see what is inside.

    If the oil is clean ,clear and doesn't smell burnt, then you are fine.
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    People on here worry about oil changes and such a bit more I suspect than most. Of course I am not on any car forums but I maintain them as well. I will bet a good number of them out there never see a hydraulic oil change in 10 years.
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    The oil was clean that came out. The service record indicates that the trans was drained when they replaced the bolt on 8/14. The 8/14 written on the filter was in sharpie. So the oil and filter had over 500 hours on it. Unfortunately I drained the front axle oil into the same container so I cant send it out fro analysis. I guess as long as everything works properly I am ok. It is just worrisome.

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