Looks like I've got my first major Hydraulic leak. Was using the backhoe today which requires the aux hydraulics.
Pulled a couple of weeds and was starting to dig when I noticed something was dripping down on me. No major spray or anything, just a pretty solid drip.
Sure enough, there was hydraulic fluid leaking off one of the aux tubes on the control arm.
Looks like this particular tube has taken a beating in the past, and in fact looks like it actually 'cushions' the arm when it sits all the way down!
So, looks like I get to make a trip to the dealer to pick up some filters and a replacement part. I have to go the to dump to, so looks like I've got a fun day coming up on friday.
I'll call to make sure they have the part first.
I'm sure this is just the first of a long relationship Bob and I will have with the local parts dealer. I haven't had much luck finding an online parts dealer.
I do have a copy of the service manual and parts manual, so at least I've got that going for me!
Its that top connector that has the tube that is leaking. You can just barely see on the lower left where it gets pinched pretty good...