What fluid to use?
Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:52 PM
I have an older Ariens GT17 with a home made loader. A few months ago the 3 jaw coupler between the front PTO and the hydraulic pump failed. It was way undersized, so I bought a U-joint that will hold up better. I had to remount the pump and I lost some of the red fluid in the process. After getting the pump back on and testing it last night, I broke the eye off the end of the hydraulic ram that tilts the bucket:wallbanging:. I just got it back from the welder and reinstalled it today. I tested it in the garage without any weight in the bucket, and it's working well so far.
I know, this is a long way to go to get to my question. I lost roughly a quart of fluid in the process of removing and re-installing bits and pieces. There is a reservoir on the tractor that probably holds a little over two gallons. I think I should probably top it off, but I'm wondering what to top it off with. The hydraulic fluid is red. Should I use ATF? If so, which one? I also have some hydraulic fluid of unknown origin in a 5 gallon pail that came with a scissor lift I bought from friend of mine. Is there any rule of thumb as to what is most often used in this kind of application, and if not, do you think I run any risks topping it off with a fluid that is probably not what is already in the reservoir?
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