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I've some detective work to do now4WD and lockers are on independent air lines. The selector switch will pressurize the cylinder for the 4WD lever on the tranny when set to the first (4WD) setting. The next setting will supply air to both the 4WD cylinder and the lockers in both axles. As FLU Farm pointed out, a stuck 4WD cylinder (or plugged line to the cylinder) would not prevent the lockers from engaging. If the line to the 4WD cylinder is broken you will hear this and loose air pressure rapidly.
On my front tilt booms one side suddenly got so bad that it drained all the fluid from the cylinder in my driveway while the machine WAS NOT running! I figured that one needed to be done. The other had a small leak (6" spot on my driveway while parked) so I just did both. The fact that it is a Schmidt loader now explains a lot! The caps came off these two booms EASY! Almost too easy. The seals in here actually looked to be original. The Schmidt loader does not use the set screws I will speak of below.I have the complete set I bought from Foxkits including the special wrench but I find with mine that it mostly leaks when it hasn't been used. I have an oil absorbent "diaper" wrapped the one that leaks the worst and once I start using it, it really doesn't leak enough to hassle with it.
I do remember someone who actually did replace the seals complain that getting them apart was very difficult. I think he speculated that they were assembled with some sort of sealant. I do remember on the occasions I had to be involved with cylinder rebuilds at the papermill I worked at that getting cylinders that size apart was always difficult. We had special bench and some hydraulic wrenches that were used to loosed the main caps. Don't know where they got them but pretty slick.
I expect a new bucket is being ordered this spring and definitely be interested on what civilian models will match up.
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