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Pump won't fill with hydraulic oil

The pump at the bottom of the left side hydraulics was replaced. Now the fluid won't flow to the pump so right side hydraulics (steering) doesn't work.

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Have to bleed air out of pump just like primeing it

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SOURCE: I have a cub Cadet M60 Hydrostatic zero turn. When

i have same mower with 200 hours after 30 mins it starts lossing steering and whining i have checked disengage and is ok

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SOURCE: left hydraulic drive motor is

yes the sound you here is air going thru the system its not
good to let this happen the pump is caveatting you can use
auto matic transmission fluid or hyd. fluid
locate the tank but don't over fill you must leave room for
expansion in the tank if you have any questions email me

i hope this helps you
bob

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If you are not hearing any noise coming from the wheel motor on the left side and you fluid level is good you have two choices to chose from. One, raise the rear wheels and put it on jack stands. Run the units wheels forward and reverse for about five times each and then try it again. If this works, you just bled the hydraulic system of air. If this did not work, you need to have the left pump flow tested at your nearest shop and most likely you will have to replace the pump. Hope this helps. P.S. When was the last time you changed the hydraulic fluid and filter? George

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use a quality hose when replacing them , or a flow control valve...
Disconnect the top ( reserviore side) first .Then disconnect the lower side (flow control input / slave cyl.).
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I need to bleed the hydraulic clutch system


Your hydraulic clutch system is a wonderful smoothly operating method of engaging and disengaging the engine from the transmission. Most of the time. However, should you ever find the need to expel air from this hydraulic line...you may in for a long tedious experience.

I recently had to replace the master cylinder of my hydraulic clutch system. This was easily done as it comprised only one fluid line..and two bolts. Once the new master cylinder was mounted however, I found that air had gotten into the line..and adamantly refused to leave.

I undertook all of the common methods of removing this air but to no avail. I tried bleeding the system from the slave cylinder. I tried opening and closing the bleeder valve at the slave cylinder while someone pumped the clutch pedal for me. I tried using a vacuum pump to pull fluid and air out of the system. Each and every effort failed.

Air in a hydraulic line is a for certain way to insure that the hydraulic function will NOT occur. Air is compressible. A fluid is not. So when you place you foot on a brake pedal, or a clutch pedal and apply pressure, the non-compressing nature of that fluid, allows that fluid to behave as if there was an actual physical link in action. As an example..if there was a steel bar attached to your brake pedal..that would activate the brakes when you stepped on the brake pedal...that bar would be an actual, physical, material link..from pedal to brake shoe. A hydraulic line is very similar. When you step on the pedal..there is a force applied to the brakes..by the non compressing nature of the fluid..within that line...the force applied on that pedal, is instantly applied at the other end of that line...unless..there is air trapped within that line. The air will compress..stealing energy..and will not transmit the force applied.

I did a great deal of searching online trying to find a method of removing this air from my hydraulic clutch system and discovered some of what was causing the problem. The Bore of the piston inside the master cylinder is small...and the stroke or forward movement of that piston..is rather short. There just wasn't enough movement of fluid going on to force the air out of the system in a reasonable amount of time. But my search did bare fruit finally..I found a wonderful article on refilling a hydraulic clutch system..that eliminates air, takes only a very few minutes and is not at all expensive.

What you need is one of those oil cans that has a spout and a trigger that will squirt the oil for you. This trigger...should be of the type that requires your index and middle fingers to operate as opposed to a can that has a thumb trigger. You will also need a length of clear plastic tubing that will fit snugly over the end of the oil can's spout..and will also fit snugly over the end of the disconnected fluid line at the slave cylinder.

In practice..it's very easy. Remove the fluid line from the slave cylinder and allow the system to bleed out entirely. While that is going on, fill your oil can with fresh clean brake fluid. Attach the tubing to the spout..and once the system has bled out..attach the other end of the tubing to the fluid line. Start pumping...just regular timed pumps are needed. Not too fast. This fluid, coming in from the bottom..fills the system from the bottom..UP..and pushes any air right out through the master cylinder. Take a peek at the master cylinder every now and again. When you see it beginning to fill with fluid...go ahead and fill it completely with brake fluid. Slip under the vehicle, re-connect the fluid line, pop open the bleeder on the slave cylinder..watch for fluid to come out...tighten the bleeder close again..and you are finished.

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I put a used sebring 1999 convertable top on my convertable everything is good with the exception that it wont go do i can hear that it wants to work but its not what could the problem be


Yes, without hydraulic fluid, it is not likely to work.

Firstly, a caveat, if you don't know what you are doing, it will be better to get an auto mechanic to do this.

I am also making an assumption, that you haven't a) messed up the electrical switch that operates it, and b) damaged the hydraulic pistons, or the hydraulic hoses in the process. If so, all bets are off, and back to get a mechanic to fix it.

IN that model, the Hydraulic pump, should be located behind the rear seat. The bottom cushion of the rear seat would pop out, there will be clamps at either side of the outer edge of the seat. The rear seat back, can be removed by removing the seat belt plate at the bottom of the seat back, and liftig the seat back straight upwards. There will be a sound barrier flap, and the pump will be behind that. ON the top of the pump, will be a rubber fill plug. remove it, and fill to the bottom of the fill hole.


  1. Rotate and raise the motor/pump assembly so the reservoir is in the up position. The rubber filler plug will be at the top.
  2. Raise the motor and pump fitting to at least 2" above the horizontal rear seat back reinforcement.
  3. Tilt the motor and pump assembly to approximately the 10 o'clock position, with the rubber filler plug still at the top.

CAUTION: The motor and pump assembly must remain in the current position until the rubber filler plug is reinstalled in step 7.

  1. Remove the rubber fill plug from the reservoir.
  2. Fill the hydraulic system by adding Dexron 2 Automatic Transmission Fluid to the bottom of the fill hole.

CAUTION: Do not operate the top switch in the "up", closing the top, direction.

  1. With two people, activate the top switch in the "down" (opening the top) position to fully retract the cylinder rods and hold for approximately 5 seconds, until the motor and pump stalls. A percolating or gurgle sound/feeling is an indication that the procedure is working.
  2. Top off the pump with Dexron III Automatic Transmission fluid and insert the filler plug.
You may need to "bleed" the hydraulics. As I said, this is probably better done as a mechanic job (it may also need two people).

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don't have 93. here's 94

Motor Assembly, Convertible Top Removal and Installation
NOTE: The folding top hydraulic cylinder rods should be in the fully retracted position.
Use absorbent rags or a container to catch any hydraulic fluid that leaks out when removing the fittings.
  1. Remove motor and pump assembly as outlined.
  1. Loosen each folding top motor upper and lower hose fitting on the sides of the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit (533A00) .
  1. Remove the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  1. Remove each of the service folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit plugs one at a time and attach the tee fitting to the replacement folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit . NOTE: Make sure that the o-ring is installed in the bottom of each folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit port before attaching the hose tee fitting.
  1. Connect the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit unit to a 12-volt power source and cycle the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit in and out several times to purge the air from the folding top motor upper and lower hoses (53390) . Some noise squeal may be noticed due to the air. srb~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not overfill or the reservoir seal could be blown out.
  1. Carefully remove the rubber fill plug from the back and the reservoir and check the fluid level. The level should be at the bottom of the filler hole. If necessary, add Synthetic Mercon® Multi-Purpose Automatic transmission fluid E6AZ-19582-B (ESR-M2C163-A2) or equivalent.
  1. Replace the fill plug with a new fill plug.
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure.
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Section 01-17: Convertible 1994 Mustang. Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Lift Cylinder, Power Top Removal and Installation
NOTE: The cylinder rods should be in the fully-retracted position.
  1. Remove pump and motor as outlined.
  1. Remove the upper and lower hose fitting from the folding top hydraulic cylinder (50600) . Use absorbent rags or a container to catch any hydraulic fluid that leaks out when removing the fittings.
  1. Remove each of the service cylinder plugs one at a time and attach the hose fittings. NOTE: Be sure each fitting is installed in the correct position on the folding top hydraulic cylinder .
    NOTE: Make sure that the tetra seal is installed in the bottom of each of the folding top hydraulic cylinder ports before attaching the upper and lower hose fittings.
  1. Connect the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit (533A00) to a 12-volt power source and cycle the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit in and out several times to purge the air from the hoses. Some noise squeal may be noticed due to the air.
  1. Carefully remove the rubber fill plug from the back and the reservoir and check the fluid level. The level should be at the bottom of the filler hole. If necessary, add Synthetic Mercon® Multi-Purpose Automatic transmission fluid E6AZ-19582-B (ESR-M2C163-A2) or equivalent.
  1. Replace the fill plug with a new fill plug.
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure.

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Almost all power convertible tops are electric over hydraulic. The ecectric motor runs a hydraulic pump. The pump pushes fluid to the cylinders that work the top. Most are located behind the rear seat backrest. Either remove the rear backrest or access the motor/pump from the trunl. It will be shaped like a cylinder. At one is the electric motor, at the other end is the hydraulic reservoir. At the end of the reservoir is a rubber plug. With the top down, remove the plug and fill it with tran fluid till it over flows. replace the plug and cycle the top up and down as far as it will go. Repeat the process till it will take no more fluid. A turkey baster with a piece of vacuum line makes a good filler tool. With that said, you must find the leak. You may have a leaking pump, hydraulic line or cylinder. RNever replace one line. Do them all. Always replace cylinders in pairs.

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here's some info

Symptom Chart Condition Possible Source Action
  • Folding Top Does Not Raise and/or Lower
  • Blown fuse(s).
  • Circuitry open/shorted.
  • Damaged folding top switch.
  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  • Parking brake not engaged.
  • Go to Pinpoint Test A.
  • Top Hesitates and/or Comes Up Uneven
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  • Damaged folding top motor upper and lower hose .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic cylinder .
  • Damaged folding top linkage.
  • Go to Pinpoint Test B.
  • Top Does Not Raise or Does Not Go All the Way Up
  • Damaged folding top linkage.
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  • Go to Pinpoint Test C.
  • Hydraulic System
  • Damaged fluid reservoir.
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic cylinder .
  • Damaged folding top motor upper and lower hose .
  • Go to Pinpoint Test D.


Lift Cylinder, Power Top Removal and Installation
NOTE: The cylinder rods should be in the fully-retracted position.
  1. Remove pump and motor as outlined.
  1. Remove the upper and lower hose fitting from the folding top hydraulic cylinder (50600) . Use absorbent rags or a container to catch any hydraulic fluid that leaks out when removing the fittings.
  1. Remove each of the service cylinder plugs one at a time and attach the hose fittings. NOTE: Be sure each fitting is installed in the correct position on the folding top hydraulic cylinder .
    NOTE: Make sure that the tetra seal is installed in the bottom of each of the folding top hydraulic cylinder ports before attaching the upper and lower hose fittings.
  1. Connect the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit (533A00) to a 12-volt power source and cycle the folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit in and out several times to purge the air from the hoses. Some noise squeal may be noticed due to the air.
  1. Carefully remove the rubber fill plug from the back and the reservoir and check the fluid level. The level should be at the bottom of the filler hole. If necessary, add Synthetic Mercon® Multi-Purpose Automatic transmission fluid E6AZ-19582-B (ESR-M2C163-A2) or equivalent.
  1. Replace the fill plug with a new fill plug.
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure.
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