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Old 05-17-2013, 07:13 PM   post #1 of 7
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Default 316 rear end fluid levels

Thanks to everyone that has been helping so far. this is a heck of a site!
well i was looking through some info on fluid levels and found that the rear end has a plastic tube for a fluid level site. I am missing the entire tube!
would someone be able to snap a picture on how it was routed and where it came from and goes to? or maybe a diagram drawn out?
My unit is a 1978 john deere 316.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:08 AM   post #2 of 7
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anyone?
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:52 AM   post #3 of 7
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Can't do a pic for ya but let me try to splain, the fill spout on the back of the rear end has a barb fitting near the bottom of it, one end of your tube goes there, goes up to the top of the rear end where you should see another barb fitting, there is a slot on the very back of the tractor and on the inside of that slot is a small plate, loosen the bolt holding the plate so you can get your tube behind it and into the slot, tighten the bolt back up, fill hydro to halfway up the slot and your good to go.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:20 AM   post #4 of 7
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:24 PM   post #5 of 7
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Default Re: 316 rear end fluid levels

Now in the manual it will say for the Rear end Ford Type F transmission fluid or John Deere All Weather Hydrostatic Fluid.

I was told by 2 Local John Deere Dealers that the Ford Type F isn't as good (prob just more clutch chatter). and that they no longer make the John Deere All Weather Hydrostatic Fluid.

But they Make John Deere ........Hy-Gardô Hydraulic/Transmission Oil or Low-Viscosity Hyguard. They told me to use Low-Viscosity Hyguard as it's the direct replacement to the old All Weather Hydrostatic Fluid.


I'd go to your local dealer and find someone who knows about the old Deere's and if you live in Texas or something perhaps something else is necessary.
But that should be the right fuid.
http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/...ils/oils.page?
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Low-Viscosity Hyguard is the correct fluid to use unless it still has ATF in it. Then wait till a oil change and use Hy-gard Low-viscosity.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:12 PM   post #7 of 7
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Ok i bravely went into this blind hoping i would not push dirt into broken fittings. there was 2 inches of greasy grass and dirt on this rear end.
Thanks for everyones help. SonnyT, that pic would help but i have the 1978 closed frame model. thanks for the pic tho.
for future reference i will post the pics and locations.
to start, this is the closed frame model. this is the first pic.
I scraped the top of the housing to start. i found the top hose fitting with some of the hose on it yet. the hose was plugged. this is the second pic after the hose was removed. this pic was taken just looking over the top of the back frame. you can just see it on the left in the first pic.
now the bottom fitting. this is about in the center of the unit against the back wall of the frame. This is the third pic. this picture is taken as i layed on the ground and slid under the frame looking straight up to the sky (if the gas tank and such wasnt there lol).
this fitting did not appear to be plugged so i know the oil is low, hope its ok.

again thanks to everyone for their help.
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