Transmission noise? newbie question

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Tlathem

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i just purchased my first skid steer which is a 2005 jd 332 with 210 hours. when i turn the machine either left or right it has a pretty good whineing(sp.) noise. is this normal? or should i be worried? it doesnt make the noise when going straight, just when turning under a load like in some mud/soft ground.
 

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Some whineing is normal if its the same in both directions. You could check your hydraulic fluid to make sure its full.Skid steers are like kids. They whine when you make them work. Mike
 

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Some whineing is normal if its the same in both directions. You could check your hydraulic fluid to make sure its full.Skid steers are like kids. They whine when you make them work. Mike
What revs are you running it at? They need pretty much full throttle to operate *quiet* but as mllud said, they always make a bit of noise.
 
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Tlathem

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What revs are you running it at? They need pretty much full throttle to operate *quiet* but as mllud said, they always make a bit of noise.
i was at full throttle. the ground is almost like a thick dough consitancy. i was sinking at least 6 inches in it, somtimes bottoming out. the sound is a low grinding/whine sound.
 

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i was at full throttle. the ground is almost like a thick dough consitancy. i was sinking at least 6 inches in it, somtimes bottoming out. the sound is a low grinding/whine sound.
Well noise is totally normal, but if you feel the stick shake badly in your hands you have a problem. Its really hard to say for sure, but i think its normal.
On concrete or bitumen where the motors need to work hard to turn you will get louder noises, this would be the same if the ground is sticky. On nice slick mud it should be pretty quiet, but there will ALWAYS be a bit of noise.
 

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Well noise is totally normal, but if you feel the stick shake badly in your hands you have a problem. Its really hard to say for sure, but i think its normal.
On concrete or bitumen where the motors need to work hard to turn you will get louder noises, this would be the same if the ground is sticky. On nice slick mud it should be pretty quiet, but there will ALWAYS be a bit of noise.
Our 240 is loud to the point of being annoying, the S185 is almost quiet.
 
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