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I purchased my '87 Ingersoll 226 a few months ago and have been going through the whole machine doing the maintenance seeing I don't truly know how long it has been since it was done. The hydraulic 3/4'' diameter hoses that run out of the cooler were all nasty with dirt and gunk. I wiped them down and cleaned them up and noticed some small drips on my garage floor. I replace the short run of hose (about 10'' long) with no problem at all. However, this didn't solve the problem as there is still a small leak. The longer run of hose seems to be much more of a challenge to replace. It comes out of the cooler runs along the left side of the tractor past the engine and then turns up inside the tractor near the steering column. I cant tell exactly where it goes because it is in a very tight space and there is a bunch of other components in that same area. Any suggestions/recommendations when changing this line? I don't want to remove components if there is an easier way to do it. Thanks for any info!
 

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The hose in question is the return hose to the reservoir and is clamped over a plastic nipple on the tank. If you can see the clamp and get a screwdriver on it to loosen it you may be able to remove it but it is often quicker and, ultimately, easier to unbolt the engine and slide it forward to gain better access. Disconnecting the engine gets a lot easier after you've done it a dozen times or more. :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:
 

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Have you verified where the leak is coming from? It cold just be a loose hose clamp. Wipe the hose down as good as you can and then run the tractor and shine a light up in the side of the tractor where the hose goes and see if it is leaking from the end of the hose. It will run down the hose and drip at the losest point.
 

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thanks for all the info. I will double check the hose clamps first before I go nuts. It is just a real small leak with only a few drips but enough to annoy me. I might just put a piece of cardboard under it and save it for a spring project. The tractor doesn't even have 1 hour on it since i changed all the fluids. So I will probably use it over the winter for blowing the snow and then top off the fluids after I replace the hose because I will loose some fluid when unhook the lines.
 

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Just because the leak is small doesnt mean it can be put off until the spring. Those small leaks can turn into big leaks in a matter of time. Vibration and heat will not help the leak either so if I were you then I would at least find out where it is coming from. There is nothing worse then loosing all the fluid in your driveway on a cold day with a foot of snow on the ground. No fluid in the system= tractor dont move.
 

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CASE 220/4 said:
Just because the leak is small doesnt mean it can be put off until the spring. Those small leaks can turn into big leaks in a matter of time. Vibration and heat will not help the leak either so if I were you then I would at least find out where it is coming from. There is nothing worse then loosing all the fluid in your driveway on a cold day with a foot of snow on the ground. No fluid in the system= tractor dont move.
:+1: AMEN
 

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CASE 220/4 said:
Just because the leak is small doesnt mean it can be put off until the spring. Those small leaks can turn into big leaks in a matter of time. Vibration and heat will not help the leak either so if I were you then I would at least find out where it is coming from. There is nothing worse then loosing all the fluid in your driveway on a cold day with a foot of snow on the ground. No fluid in the system= tractor dont move.
This happened to me last year while pushing snow. :thumbdown: The oil was on the ground instantly. :eek: The pressurized hose blew out and it was just a small crack. :headscratcher: Amazing how fast it pumps out.
 

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the hose clamps on it were a little loose so i tightened them and haven't seen any drips since. However, I haven't run it and had the fluid pumping through it. What pressure does that fluid even run at?
 
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