yellow hydraulic fluid

IH CUB Lo-Boy Series - 154, 184, 185 Forum -- Questions and answers to all of your Lo-Boy related issues.

Moderator: Team Cub

Forum rules
Notice: For sale and wanted posts are not allowed in this forum. Please use our free classifieds or one of our site sponsors for your tractor and parts needs.
billyreilly1020
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:11 pm
Zip Code: 13787

yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby billyreilly1020 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:35 pm

just bought lo boy 154 $500 got running with some carb work and electrick work but the hydraulic piston will only go out not back in so i decided to start by changing hydraulic fluid took off filter by seat hydraulic fluid is yellow same color as tractor?????????????????????????????? any idea on what to look at for piston and what does yellow mean.

Eugene
Team Cub Mentor
Team Cub Mentor
Posts: 16257
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:52 pm
Zip Code: 65051
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Mo. Linn

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby Eugene » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:36 pm

The hydraulic system is one way. Hydraulic fluid forces the hydraulic cylinder's piston out, implement weight returns the piston to the closed position.

Yellow fluid. Actually I don't know. Company I worked for purchased a hydraulic controlled fork lift battery changer. Sprung a hydraulic fluid leak. I replaced the hydraulic fluid with the stuff we had on site. Battery changer was still under warranty. Company reps came out and complained that the replaced hydraulic fluid was not the manufacturers hydraulic oil which was a light yellow color. Then the discussions/arguments of considerable length began. The specs for the manufacturers hydraulic oil and the on site hydraulic oil were the same.
I have an excuse. CRS.

BigBill
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 6196
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:02 pm
Zip Code: 00000
Location: in northern usa

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby BigBill » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:16 pm

watch out where the huskies go don’t ya eat the yellow snow. Sorry I had to do it.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

Mike H
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 184
Joined: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:36 pm
Zip Code: 49913
Tractors Owned: IH 185
Farmall M
1972 SS12 retro fitted
1977 F150 pull truck
1978 F250 4x4 bush truck

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby Mike H » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:17 pm

BigBill wrote:watch out where the huskies go don’t ya eat the yellow snow. Sorry I had to do it.


or drink ''yellow beer'' :mrgreen:

Mike

ill go back to my corner now :beer:

User avatar
gitractorman
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 2528
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:35 am
Zip Code: 14072
eBay ID: toysforjake
Tractors Owned: Lots of Cub Cadets!
1951 Farmall Cub
1977 IH Cub
1966 IH Cub
1965 IH Lo Boy
1964 IH Lo Boy
1949 Farmall Cub
Several IH 154 Lo Boys
1979 IH 184 Lo Boy
Simplicity 4416 Sovereign
Simplicity Conquest
Simplicity Legacy 4x4 Diesel
Mitsubishi MT180D 4x4 Diesel
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Grand Island, NY

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby gitractorman » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 pm

Ther original specified hydraulic fluid is Hy Tran, which is a "pinkish" color when new, but kind of turns more brown after use. However, HyTran is fairly expensive, since you can only get it from Case/IH or Cub Cadet dealers, so many folks just put whatever they want in the transmission to use as hydraulic fluid.

My guess is someone had another machine with hydraulics, so just used the same fluid. In all honestly, nearly any oil would work as hydraulic fluid in the Cub/Lo Boy tractors, as long as it lubricates the pump and will flow. Depending on weather conditions and temperature, you could literally use 10w-30 as hydraulic fluid, and that is exactly what IS recommended in many new machines.

Hy Tran does have specific additives in it to fight against moisture, and it is quite a bit thinner than 10w-30, but it is basically just an oil.

Drain, flush, re-fill, drain and re-fill agian, with HyTran, and you'll likely fix your hydraulic issues.
Cub Cadets 682, 1811, 1864, Simplicity Legacy XL 4x4 Diesel with FEL, 60" mower, 50" Tiller

Indy4570
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:12 am
Zip Code: 65608
Tractors Owned: 50 Farmall Cub
50 Ferguson TO20
49 Ferguson TE20
48 Ferguson TE20
late 50s AC HD6, (Buda)
JD 790 4x4 w/backhoe
Bushhog T-63 (1963)
Gilson 18HP
various other GTs
Location: Missouri Ozarks

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby Indy4570 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:32 pm

my old Fergusons take a mineral oil, easily found, but a lil water in it makes it yellow, I suspect someone used mineral oil based oil, it runs the hydraulics on the Fergusons just fine, (even when its yellow)
better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it...( YES this includes CUBS! )

BigBill
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 6196
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:02 pm
Zip Code: 00000
Location: in northern usa

Re: yellow hydraulic fluid

Postby BigBill » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:52 pm

There’s a hydraulic oil at Tsc that has a higher rating hytran.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Lo-Boy Series - 154, 184, 185”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests