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 01-22-2004, 05:25 Post: 74687
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Last week when our temperature was in the single digits (not too common on Long Island), I trailered my tractor to my workplace. Not only wouldn't the engine start without a jump but once started, the hydraulics for my plow would only work in one direction (couldn't push the spool IN-apparently there is water in my oil and it froze). After sitting overnight in my garage again, all was fine. My questions are as follows:
1. Can I get the water out of the oil by just draining the bottom or should I drain it all? Anybody had this problem before? Could it be something else?
2. What is/are the most effective means to start these small diesels in cold weather? Battery warmer, dipstick or pan heater, fuel conditioner, etc.?






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 01-22-2004, 07:26 Post: 74692
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On the bottom of your valve there are caps that need to be removed and allow the water to get out. If you put small holes in the bottom of them they will drain by themselves in the future. Put a block heater on it for the starting problem.






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 01-22-2004, 08:49 Post: 74701
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I don't know how long it's been since the oil was changed. In cool damp climates it's a good idea to change it every couple of years whether the hours call for it or not. Water will build up due to condensation. Old torn shift boots on some tractors that sit out in the rain is another way to get water in the TX.

Block heater plus battery blanket when it's very cold is what I use and also crack the hand throttle more than normal. It's also good to clean all battery contacts and especially the chassis end of the ground cable every few years and keep a trickle charger on it if the tractor isn't stated frequently. If the battery has a few years on it I'd charge it fully and run a capacity test with a hydrometer.






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I've had a similar problem with my FEL valving. When the temp is well below freezing I can't get the valve to the float position. All four power positions are fine and up till now I've been ignoring it. After an hour of use the oil heats up and it's fine but refreezes when it cools down. This has basically been the case since it was new so there must be some water in the valve. Can this one be drained also?






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 01-22-2004, 13:11 Post: 74728
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If you go with a block heater and need a 17mm hex head
give me a shout and I will mail you one. I bought a large allen wrench and cut off a few inches and put a socket on it. I read on another forum where they were mailing one around.
Not sure if yours will be a 17mm but your welcome to it.
The hex head socket is fairly expensive,for a one time use.
The block heater works great. I started mine well below 0
last week.






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 01-22-2004, 15:57 Post: 74741
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Yes, as Tom says, regardless of hours, change your hydraulic fluid completely every two years. It may seem like a pain to have to deal with so much fluid, but if your dealer sells it, he should take it from you used, and he'll properly dispose of it. While you are at it, install new filters! Sometimes it isn't water, just thick fluid can be enough to slow a spool or keep it from working. A good cold weather test? Push you boom spool to float, if the float won't stay locked your fluid is way too cold. In real cold weather I used a grill tarp to slow down the intake of air over the radiator. I made it out of canvas with a zipper down the middle and snaps. With the zipper closed the grill was closed off, after the engine warmed, I unzipped the tarp, folded the ends over, and snapped them. I got the idea from diesel delivery trucks around our area, you guys probably have seen them.






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 01-22-2004, 17:08 Post: 74748
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grinder another easier fix is to use a 17mm hex head bolt with a nut locked on. Then use your socket.






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yes I guess that would work. I found a 10" 17mm allen wrench
for $6.00. Power hacksaw and I had one. The socket was twenty +.
Do any tractor companies install a factory heater?






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 01-22-2004, 18:43 Post: 74750
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Where did you pick up your machine from? just curious because I'm on the island and theire are no Kubota dealers near us...

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 01-23-2004, 05:52 Post: 74784
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I will take a look at those caps-thanx

Tom
Do you know a good source for a block heater and battery blanket?

Grinder
Thanx for the offer but I have a 17mm hex wrench back from VW beetle days (transmission drain plug wrench)

Ducati996
I bought my Kubota at an auction in Connecticutt in November. There is a Bobcat dealer in Holtsville that used to be a Kubot dealer but can still get parts (Bobcat of LI 631-447-2228)






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