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Hello Gents,
Just ran into an isssue with my 455 AWS while swapping out my snow blade for the mower (spring is coming). Removed the blade, which was working fine, and mounted the mower deck. To my surprise whenever I use hydraulic levers (raise/lower deck) hyd fluid squirts out the aux valves and the deck will not raise. It does have a lockout valve on it and I have it open (quarter turn, handle inline with hyd line). What am I missing here? Seems to have all pressure diverted to the SCV's and not the lift cylinder. Those SCV's should not be squirting fluid, they should be shut. Any ideas of where to look?

I guess I can mow just cant lift the deck.

Thanks,
Chris
 

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Hello Gents,
Just ran into an isssue with my 455 AWS while swapping out my snow blade for the mower (spring is coming). Removed the blade, which was working fine, and mounted the mower deck. To my surprise whenever I use hydraulic levers (raise/lower deck) hyd fluid squirts out the aux valves and the deck will not raise. It does have a lockout valve on it and I have it open (quarter turn, handle inline with hyd line). What am I missing here? Seems to have all pressure diverted to the SCV's and not the lift cylinder. Those SCV's should not be squirting fluid, they should be shut. Any ideas of where to look?

I guess I can mow just cant lift the deck.

Thanks,
Chris
Sounds like you have dirt or debris in the SCV valves, they only have fluid pressure when you direct it there with the levers. I had this happen a few years ago on my 455. It would shoot fluid straight out about 25 feet ahead of the tractor. The valves are either stuck open or perhaps they have reached the point where they won't shut for some reason.

It shouldn't be all of the hydraulic female connectors leaking, probably just one or two. Is that correct? Any loss of pressure at that point will prevent the deck from lifting as the system isn't pressurized, its shooting the fluid out.

Sometimes as the fittings wear, the center "valve" on the connectors doesn't seat any longer. You can try and clean them with brake clean, etc. The easiest way to clean them is to remove them so you can manually move the center of the valve and there is no fluid pressure, Make sure the center pin on the female fitting is retracting and springing back into place, to close the valve. Often, its dirt or a piece of debris in the fittings preventing it from closing. Other times, they just need replacement. You will find out which it is.

My advice, if you have to replace the female hydraulic fitting, buy quality fittings and not cheap China junk. I replaced one fitting with a cheaper fitting from a hydraulic shop down the road. The fitting didn't last a month and was leaking and hanging up. Total pain.............Buy good fittings and avoid the headache.
 

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Yepper... it looks like only 2 are leaking, one quite a bit more than the other. I think you are correct, it may be dirt/debris or the coupler innerds may have failed. I will tryin cleaning it out and if that does not work I will grab a couple of female couplers and swap them out. Thanks!
 
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