Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

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Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby Rick Torpey » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:00 pm

Does anyone have a suggestion for a modern substitute for the original IH Touch-Control Fluid that came with the Farmall Cub?

Finally got a mover deck installed and want to go out and make some mistakes in the yard.


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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby Bill V in Md » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:40 pm

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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby Glen » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:23 pm

IH changed it years ago to Hy-Tran fluid. Case IH dealers sell it.
There are other brands, if you buy one, be sure it works with IH systems before buying it.

Below are pages from the 1955 Cub owner's manual.
The 1st page shows the parts of the system, and where the filler plug is.
The 2nd page shows how to change the fluid, be sure to do what it says in paragraph 4 to remove the air from the system. The system holds 3 1/2 Pints of fluid to change it, so a 1 gallon can is plenty. ... age-65.jpg ... age-67.jpg

If you are checking the fluid level, the arms should be in the rear, or down position. The fluid rises in the system as the arms go to the rear, so if you fill it when the arms are ahead, it will be overfilled. :)

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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby NJ Farmer » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:03 pm

I can purchase Hy-Tran at my local Napa store. If not in stock I know that they can order it for you.

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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby Barnyard » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:15 pm

You can use any universal hydraulic fluid that is MS1207 or MS1209 compliant.
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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby stherndon1 » Mon Jul 25, 2022 6:40 pm

Amsoil Synthetic Tractor Hydraulic/Transmission Oil SAE 5W-30 exceeds the specs of the Case hydrolic oil.

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Re: Modern alternative to IH Touch Control Fluid

Postby Super A » Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:24 am

I believe in OEM oils and filters. Hydraulic fluid from Tractor Supply won't make your Cub explode, but I see no need to cut corners.

That said, the current caseIH Hy-Tran is a very different oil, now manufactured I believe by Shell. It's supposed to be backward compatible with all earlier versions of Hy-Tran. I have it in one of my Super As and there have been no issues.

If you want original Hy-Tran, the original manufacturer still makes it, and I've not priced any but I suspect it's cheaper: ... synthetic/

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