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How do I get at my hydraulics leak? 316 Kohler

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Ok, so my 316K has been leaking hydraulic fluid since I got it. The first thing I did was change the fluid and filter because I saw drips from the cooling pipe. I thought maybe loosening and retightening this during a fluid change might fix the problem. It didn't, I don't know if the problem is worse now than before or if I'm just more conscious of it but it is dripping pretty steadily.

Well, I got under there and cleaned a bunch of grime out and it seems the leak is coming from the very top hose above the hydraulic control valve. I can barely see the hose, let alone get a wrench on it's coupling. Am I going to have to take out all of the hydraulics lines to get at this thing? This old tractor stuff is getting less and less fun.
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Why don't you spend the $45 on the service manual on CD, ya cheap *** yankee?:ROF:ROF:trink40:
What good is a manual to you southern boys? Don'tcha need to be able to READ? :ROF :ROF :trink39:

Seriously, thanks for the tip. I'll see about taking off the fender pan at my earliest convenience.
I got the fender pan off and here's what I see. Someone has cut away a piece of the frame to get at the hydraulic lines to try and fix it. The hose on top is the one that leaks:

Unfortunately, I see leaking out the back of the hydro. I assume there is nothing I can do about this?

I still think I must have screwed up the transmission fluid change. I didn't have noises and trouble shifting until I changed the fluid. Any thoughts on what I could have done wrong? Sight glass on the differential is just over half full right now. I used the stock JD filter.
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That's interesting. You can't really see it in my photo, but the pipe on the left on my tractor has been replaced by a hose and that is what leaks. I think I should get the correct pipe from Deere. Does anyone have the part number?
For my 300, my two lines I installed are as follows:

AM35610 "tube" $21.50
AM35611 "tube" $26.50

Thanks! I'm assuming the cheaper one is the shorter line from the left side? (that's what I need)
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