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I have an old Ford 550 digger clutch failure

I have an old Ford 550 digger which has just had a hose replaced on the backhoe. On restarting the backhoe now works but I have lost operation of the clutch and can't therefore drive the digger with out crashing the gearbox. A warning light has illuminated to the right of the battery warning light. Does anyone know what this light is indicating. I don't recognise the icon. I suspect it is indicating low hydraulic fluid. Does this effect the clutch operation too?

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If its a hydraulic clutch & conneted to the same system & its low on fluid then that will be your problem
just top it up & try it you may have to bleed out the system of air if it doesnt work!

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