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I think I have some sort of leak coming from the transaxle/transmission of my 1025r. I had noticed a couple drips on the floor of the shed over the past couple of weeks. The other day I got ready to change the hydraulic fluid. Once I got under the tractor, I noticed that the bottom of the tranny was quite wet with oil. I stopped what I was doing so I can get it to the dealer to check/fix. I called them today and spoke with the service mgr. He stated that he was 99% sure that whatever they find would be covered under warranty. I found that odd that he would be so straight out with that, makes me think this is something that they have seen before. Either way, as long as it gets fixed and stops leaking, and I don’t have to pay for anything, I am OK with that. I do have to pay for the round trip transportation to their shop ($85), but whatever. I will update this thread as I get more info. They are coming to get the tractor on Friday.
 

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It seems pretty common to have a slow leak where the halves and covers of the tranny meet up, and are basically just gooped up with silicone when they are assembled.
 

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I think I have some sort of leak coming from the transaxle/transmission of my 1025r. I had noticed a couple drips on the floor of the shed over the past couple of weeks. The other day I got ready to change the hydraulic fluid. Once I got under the tractor, I noticed that the bottom of the tranny was quite wet with oil. I stopped what I was doing so I can get it to the dealer to check/fix. I called them today and spoke with the service mgr. He stated that he was 99% sure that whatever they find would be covered under warranty. I found that odd that he would be so straight out with that, makes me think this is something that they have seen before. Either way, as long as it gets fixed and stops leaking, and I don’t have to pay for anything, I am OK with that. I do have to pay for the round trip transportation to their shop ($85), but whatever. I will update this thread as I get more info. They are coming to get the tractor on Friday.
How many hours are on your tractor?
 

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It seems pretty common to have a slow leak where the halves and covers of the tranny meet up, and are basically just gooped up with silicone when they are assembled.
That is very worrisome as two machined surfaces should be very easy to seal with silicone...........Done correctly, they should never leak.
 
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72 hours.
Will be curious to know what they find is causing the leak. At 72 hours, there really shouldn't be any part failure such as a seal or gasket that would cause a leak. I have seen some photo's of the excess sealant found in many of these newer tractor rear end assemblies and the amount of extra silicone must have been some sort of machine malfunction or if done by a person (unlikely) it must have been a Monday after a really rough weekend. :banghead:

I also read about some issues with the camera's which were monitoring the robotic use of silicone sealant and the camera's were failing to spot missing sealant, but one would think that would leak from the moment it rolled on the floor.

Make sure to let us know what they find and how it turns out.
 
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I am curious about the $85. How far did they have to come to pick it up and drop it back off for that?
 

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Will be curious to know what they find is causing the leak. At 72 hours, there really shouldn't be any part failure such as a seal or gasket that would cause a leak. I have seen some photo's of the excess sealant found in many of these newer tractor rear end assemblies and the amount of extra silicone must have been some sort of machine malfunction or if done by a person (unlikely) it must have been a Monday after a really rough weekend. :banghead:

I also read about some issues with the camera's which were monitoring the robotic use of silicone sealant and the camera's were failing to spot missing sealant, but one would think that would leak from the moment it rolled on the floor.

Make sure to let us know what they find and how it turns out.
It may have been leaking since day 1 for all I know. This was the first time I was underneath it with a flashlight to look around. I have only kept it in the shed for about 6 weeks, which is right around when I first noticed the leak. Would not have seen the drips in the dirt before I finished building the shed.

I am curious about the $85. How far did they have to come to pick it up and drop it back off for that?
The dealer has a standard price list for all the nearby towns. My house is about 10 miles away, a 20 minute drive. According to their website, the round trip is anywhere from $77 to $157 depending on distance/town.
 
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It seems pretty common to have a slow leak where the halves and covers of the tranny meet up, and are basically just gooped up with silicone when they are assembled.
That is very worrisome as two machined surfaces should be very easy to seal with silicone...........Done correctly, they should never leak.
It should be pretty simple, but oil will slowly make it's way through even the tiniest gap. Even the best machined components need a gasket or sealant, and if they miss a tiny spot...you get a leak.
 

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It may have been leaking since day 1 for all I know. This was the first time I was underneath it with a flashlight to look around. I have only kept it in the shed for about 6 weeks, which is right around when I first noticed the leak. Would not have seen the drips in the dirt before I finished building the shed.
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Usually when these tractors leak in the rear end or drive units, all kinds of grass and dirt will stick to the area of the leak., especially under the rear of the tractor where it catches grass debris from mowing. I have seen them where I had to use a leaf blower to get the debris off that was stuck to the rear end assembly from the leak. If that rear drive area has been really dirty, it may have been leaking for awhile.

The other thing about oil leaks is a really small leak looks like a LOT of oil. But in reality, these hydro units hold about 2 gallons of fluid and even if they drip out a pint, it looks like a big spot......The good news is if the floor of the shed is wood, that oil on the wood will preserve it for a long time........:laugh:
 

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Dealer came to pick up the tractor yesterday while I was at work. I was surprised to find my backhoe in the driveway when I got home. I guess they don't need it, which is fine. I wish they had told me first. The good news is that I now can see how easy it must be to get the backhoe on/off. Not much to it. Guess I will have to learn how to reattach it when it comes back in a couple weeks.
 

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I for one am not fond of silicone sealers on mated machined surfaces. My 1025 has a tiny amount of oil wicking out of the transaxle. Not enough to trouble over. I wish these were assembled with genuine gaskets.
 

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Dealer came to pick up the tractor yesterday while I was at work. I was surprised to find my backhoe in the driveway when I got home. I guess they don't need it, which is fine. I wish they had told me first. The good news is that I now can see how easy it must be to get the backhoe on/off. Not much to it. Guess I will have to learn how to reattach it when it comes back in a couple weeks.
Pull up this video and jump to 3 minutes, 40 seconds into the video.


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Dealer came to pick up the tractor yesterday while I was at work. I was surprised to find my backhoe in the driveway when I got home. I guess they don't need it, which is fine. I wish they had told me first. The good news is that I now can see how easy it must be to get the backhoe on/off. Not much to it. Guess I will have to learn how to reattach it when it comes back in a couple weeks.
Putting the backhoe back on is the fun part.... Especially if you have never put one on before and you aren't the one who took it off!:bigthumb::confused:
 

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Well, Marshawn has been at the dealer for 4 weeks. I called them yesterday to find out what the heck was going on. I assumed they were waiting for parts, or warranty approval from Deere, or something. I assumed wrong. They have been running it, driving it, doing different things to try to find a leak, to no avail. No leak found. They kept it parked in their shop with a piece of cardboard under it, and nothing dripped out. Hmmmm, OK. They will deliver it back to me tomorrow and told me to keep an eye on it. If anymore leaks are noticed, to let them know so they can come get it again. I hate that, because I know it is going to leak again, and that will be another month of downtime. Oh well.

I have missed Marshawn the past month. It is a good thing my weekends have been busy sucking up leaves with my LA135, so I didn't really need to use Marshawn. But i have a couple projects that need to be done before the snow flies, so we will get right back at it.
 

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Leave the backhoe off for a few days and see if the leak is still there. If not, put the backhoe back on and see if the leak returns.

When diagnosing something that is unknown you should first not change the parameters of what is being measured. If the leak is from the backhoe, they will need to fix it under warranty anyhow. They may have wasted time by dropping the backhoe in an effort to save themselves...what? Toting the backhoe doesn't add enough weight to their rig to jeopardize hauling it and it certainly shouldn't take up too much room in the shop.

Not sure it is the BH causing the problem but it sounds suspect. Unless they changed the fluids and replaced an o-ring or tightened what was factory loose in their maintenance efforts.
 

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Has the trans fluid/filter been changed? If so, did all fluid from doing that been wiped off after?
 

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Has the trans fluid/filter been changed? If so, did all fluid from doing that been wiped off after?
Nope, was getting ready to do the first trans fluid/filter change when I noticed how wet it was underneath.
 
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Well, the dealer brought the tractor back Friday. They get 2 bonus points:
-The reattached the backhoe (although I was kind of hoping I would be there to see them do it).
-They have not charged me the $85 delivery/pickup fee. I was just at the dealer on Saturday, so I know I don't have any outstanding invoices.

I need to get some cardboard to put underneath it. In the meantime, I need to get that hydraulic fluid changed pretty soon.
 

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OK to update this, I changed the hydraulic fluid. Unfortunately I overfilled it, so it really leaked. I took about a quart out, but it still leaks.
The leak is heavier after running the tractor, even for a short period of time. After it sits overnight, it still drips but not nearly as bad.
I figured out this morning that the leak appears to be coming from the right side (when looking at it from the rear) of the transmission housing. I checked the tightness of a couple bolts, nothing was loose.

Anyway, it will be going back to the dealer next week. I want them to see what I am seeing.
 
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