Dash light came on, my manual says it’s low fluid or clogged filter. 3 leaks on it so I was pretty sure it was fluid. Every time I checked it showed full. I did what a friend said, wait over night, let it cool down then check fluid levels. I checked hydraulic and it’s still showing to much, just guessing I’d say 3-4qts maybe even more. I resently changed engine oil and 1qt will move fluid up on the dipstick slightly over .25 inch. That knocking is coming from the hydraulic pump. If it’s under pressure (turning wheel) the pump doesn’t knock anymore.... last owner put new fluid in it. He owned a mechanic shop but I wouldn’t be surprised if they messed up, seems like if you don’t do it yourself there will always be a problem. I’ve been running it a few months now and it hasn’t been knocking, front loader bleeding down fast was the only issue, occasionally the loader would jerk going up until everything got warm, still strong, would pull trees and lift 2,400lb pallets ... believe the pump is messed up but I’ll go through the other steps first before spending I believe $800 on a new one
A man mentioned if it’s low the pump should whine not knock.
Follow up, The AC Is working great, everything drains like it should, no leaks, will freeze you out of it on 100 degree day. I turned it off thinking less pull on motor maybe it would help cool. Don’t believe I’m having a engine cooling problem just a problem with the old factory gauge, maybe sensor. Someone said to much hydro fluid may cause heating so I need to look into that. I will replace it will a new water coolant gauge since one stated a pyro gauge is most for turbo operated machines like my truck.
I’ve only been using the 8ft offset that’s sorta when the hydraulics started acting up. It’s a very slow go but I like it, needs new front blades because notches are worn smooth. I don’t think it needs to be done every year. Sorta happy I just found tires for it and took the cylinder off the 14ft to operate it. Probably will park it under a tree lol. The 14ft, here in Texas my weather app says we have some rain coming next week. Ground is so dry that’s why I hit it with the offset thinking maybe even if it’s a little rain it will soak in.
Stopped on the hwy and spoke with older man who always has a nice field of oats. He told me to put fertile out and disc it lightly in the ground out of the sun, rain or no rain. Then 100lb an acre of bob oats around the first of oct. after that throw 20 lb an acre of rye grass out over the oats to protect then against winter. Saying oats thrive now-dec, feb-March they stop then going into spring they kick it into high gear so they can seed. 80 year old man... seemed to know a lot. Rotates his cattle over 100 acres sorta like me but I’ve only got 30. Rotate the cattle and they become less picky and it tricks their minds they will eat weeds and such. All this talk was hitting home with me because I noticed the same thing with my herd. States that oats have so much protein he only puts the herd on them for 2 hrs then back on dry grass. Doing this he’s never bought hay. This again is hitting home run with me since the hay field may not be big enough for a 3rd cut and I was thinking about grazing it and rotating them, this was before the older man even mentioned it. My reason was that i wanted a good stand of oats and the cows may eat them down to fast.