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 05-15-2001, 11:00 Post: 28203
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 Stuck latch on 430 loader

Thought I'd share a situation I ran into with a stuck latch on a 430 loader on my 4400; this would also apply to 420 or 460 loaders. Like usual, the solution was simple, but it took me 20 minutes of head-scratching and wrong turns before I figured it out. I had removed and attached my loader last year easy as could be, but this spring when I went to remove the loader after moving snow all winter, the latching mechanism was frozen up. Couldn't budge it a bit. In fact, I could push on the latch rod hard enough to start bending it, but nothing. So I made sure the "safety latch" was off the latch plate and I took WD-40 to the pivot points for the latch plate. Nothing. Then I stuck a flat pry bar between the latch plate and the weight bracket and pulled. Slight budge, but basically still nothing. Serious head scratching now, trying to figure out how I could have abused the loader assembly this winter to the point that the latch wouldn't move with a pry bar. Finally, I checked the bolt and locking nut at the bottom of the latch rod. The nut was tightened so hard that the mechanism couldn't pivot at all. Backed the nut off half a turn and voila!, the latch works perfectly! I figure someone at the dealership must have tightened it up last fall when I had the tractor in the shop for some warranty work and I had asked them to torque down all the loader mounting bolts and the wheel bolts. Just goes to show that you have to be careful what you ask for sometimes.






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 05-16-2001, 06:20 Post: 28241
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Some strange things can happen at dealers. The first time I checked tire pressures after I got my 1710 back from a dealer, the front tires pegged my 20# gauge. Yikes! I figured I must have been transported from Northern Ontario in late fall to Southern Arizona in August--beam me up and all of that. The mechanic must have thought I spend all my time driving around with buckets of wet concrete or something.






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