Re: trouble with hydraulic quick connects
I just spent the better part of the weekend trying to hook up a new FEL that I had removed with the tractor running, not knowing to relieve the hydraulic pressure first. I tried all the tricks like turning the switch on and moving the control arm around. The pressure on the tractor side was not the problem as I could easily depress the plungers on the male fittings. The FEL side was another story as 2 of the female fittings would depress easily and 2 would not move with any kind of pressure I could apply. I finally called my dealer and was told to insert a 6 inch x 3/8 bolt into the female fitting and strike it with a hammer to relieve the pressure. Worked like a charm. If I did it again, I would wrap a rag around the fitting and lower part of the bolt and wear safety glasses before applying the hammer as the burst of fluid that comes out can be intense. Once the pressure was relieved, the connectors were easy to snap into place. I hope this makes somebodys weekend go a bit better than mine did.