I just purchased a john deere 500 backhoe about 3 weeks ago. The tractor is in overall great condition, but it has sat for a few years with little use. After checking and changing fluids ect. I found a small hole that a rock had rubbed through the fuel tank. So i removed the tank, and welded it closed. Then after running the machine for a while, i noticed that one steering cylinder was leaking, and the other steering hose also had a leak. I fixed them both only to have the backhoe rotary swing cylinder start to leak. I went to my local dealer, and was pleased to find that a rebuild kit was available, so i got it, but i didn't put it in just yet. Last night I started to work on it, and found that it is not such an easy task to remove it. The entire backhoe boom must be removed from the tractor. I started taking out the pins, ect. but the lower bearing cap on the swing hinge will not drop out. I am kind of stuck on what to do next. The top bearing cap, and coupling came out fine, but the bottom one is really stuck. If anyone knows some tricks, and or has rebuilt one of these rotary cylinders before, any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
I will try to post some pics of the Tractor soon