Thu May 13, 2004 8:55 am

I finally found time to replace my TOB, I went ahead and put another new style bearing in. I'll report on the results as soon as I fire up the tractor. My question is: Can I run the tractor w/o connecting the hydraulic lines? It would sure simplify things if I have to split it again not to have to drain the hydraulic fluid. Will I damage the hydraulic pump by running it a 5-10min w/o the lines/fluid in place? Thanks as always.

Thu May 13, 2004 10:43 am

Yes, you can damage the pump that way. If you need to run the engine without hooking up the hydraulic lines, remove the pump. It is only 2 bolts. Very little oil will be thrown out the pump opening. If you are going to run the tractor any amount without the pump, cut a temporary pump opening cover out of cardboard.

Fri May 14, 2004 6:55 am

Thanks Jim.