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Postby Denteen,Lud » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:05 am

I'm a new member. My lift on the tractor will not go up or down, what can be the problem?

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Re: Lift

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:38 am

Have you checked the fluid level?
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Re: Lift

Postby rick 48 cub » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:58 am

If your engine does not slow down, u might need to rebuild the hydraulic pump at the front of the tractor or rebuild the touch control under the gas tank. I myself have failed in these endevers and just purchased used working components.
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Re: Lift

Postby Urbish » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:12 am

Too bad you didn't post last week. I was just in Ludington and could have stopped by to help diagnose.

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Re: Lift

Postby Stanton » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:44 am


Take some time and read through a few threads to acquaint yourself with the Forum:

After your 2nd post on the Forum, you'll have access to all the free PDF Manuals. They are located via "Quick Links" in the upper left corner of your screen. Hit that and a pull-down appears where you'll find "PDF Manuals". Through that link, you'll be able to download an Owner's Manual (very strongly recommended) and any service manuals that interest you. Don't know if you have any manuals, but implement manuals are also available.

Is this your first Cub? New to you? You might also enjoy reading through this thread: What to do with a Cub you just brought home

A non-working hydraulic unit is either the pump (as stated earlier) or the hydraulic unit itself. There are several threads in the How To Forum on the hydraulic unit and pump. Located here:

Take some pictures of your tractor and post them. We’d like to see it.

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Re: Lift

Postby Glen » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:50 pm

The Touch Control has to have fluid to work. If it is low enough, it won't work.
I would check it and see if it is low, and needs fluid put in.
Since the Touch Control won't work, I would be sure it has fluid. Running the engine with no fluid in the Touch Control would probably damage the Touch Control pump.

Below are pages from the 1955 Cub owner's manual, showing the parts of the system, and how to check or change the fluid. ... age-65.jpg ... age-66.jpg ... age-67.jpg

Remove the filler plug, on the left side of the Cub. The fluid should be filled to the hole, with the arms in the rear, or down position.
The 1st page shows where the filler plug is.
The 3rd page shows how to check or change the fluid, and remove the air from the system. Be sure to do what is says in paragraph 4 to remove the air from the system. :)

Nowadays they use Case IH Hy-Tran fluid in the system. It is sold at Case IH dealers.
There are other brands, be sure before buying one that it works with IH systems.
The system holds 3 1/2 Pints of fluid to change and refill it, so a 1 gallon can is plenty.

The reason the fluid was low could be the pump shaft seal is leaking the fluid into the engine oil, then there is no external leak seen.
After getting it to work, check the oil level on the dipstick after using the Cub some. If the level goes up, and the Touch Control fluid level goes down, the pump shaft seal is leaking, and needs replacing.

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