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O/T Cleaning Tractor Hydraulics

Does anyone have any tried and true suggestions for cleaning the hydraulic system in an old tractor? I have an old '62 Ford 2000 that has been giving me some hydraulic shake so I decided to clean and do a rebuild. The fluid chamber is full of sludge (probably my problem). How can I remove the sludge other than filling and flushing SEVERAL times? Thanks for any advice or help.

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I'm not a tractor expert but how about installing a tee with a valve at the connection to the most remote cylinder. Open the valve and operate the hydraulics without load and that should flush the system. Of course, the reservoir needs to be kept full. When you're done, remove the valve and the tee.
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Pull the top cover and flush it out with kerosene until all the sludge is gone. I've done it before.
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[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] We used one of those JC WHitney oil sucker setups that supposedly go down the dipstick hole and change the oil in your car without pulling the plug. That little pump vacuumed out the corners fairly well with the addition of a couple of quarts of diesel as a flush. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: O/T Cleaning Tractor Hydraulics

Thanks for the replies. I found an inexpensive way to flush the system. My place of work has several 5 gallon buckets of hydraulic fluid that they remove from the cutters. I was told to take as many as I like as they have to dispose of the stuff anyway. Not too bad to flush and fill now [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img].

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