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Hello All, 

Hoping for some trouble shooting thoughts. Ih 544 gear drive. I've been having issues with the PTO being very slow to engage, usually 15 to 20 seconds plus, and usually have to putz with the three point lift to get it to go. Once running it runs fine. Have run a tiller, post hole auger and brush hog with no slippage once spinning. 

Three point response seems slower also, but better than the PTO. No issues lifting with the three point, 3pt backhoe lifted just fine. 

Hydraulic remotes work fine. Loader in the tractor operates normal with no delays and no loss of lift (can lift the front tires off ground, lift until the rear end gets light). 

Changed the filter, old one was somewhat sludged up and changed it again, same results.  

Oil is a little on the cloudy side. I drained/ changed the hydraulic oil last year when I finished the engine swap and it worked fine last fall and early this spring. 

Should I pursue draining/flushing etc or do you think there is something mechanically wrong with the PTO? Or??

Thanks in advance.


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8 minutes ago, snoshoe said:

Pto is separate.  Pull it and check intake screen and pickup tube. As long as it is out check clutch condition as well.

Thanks! That's the input I was looking for. As I was thinking about it after making the post I was thinking the PTO might just need to come off. 

Thanks again,


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9 hours ago, Wisconsin Ron said:

I've been advised before that moisture contamination can cause fiber discs in pto to deteriorate. Something to keep in mind

That is correct. and cheap "Yellow pail" TSC oil doesn't help either.

PTO Disc.jpg

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