If you’ve invested in a Case TR270 versatile track loader, think you’ll get years of reliable service from this workhorse. But after a few seasons, you start to notice some issues popping up, throwing a wrench into your agriculture plans. Many of the common problems with the Case TR270 are easy to diagnose and fix yourself. With a little mechanical know-how and some basic tools, you’ll have your Case TR270 back up and running in no time.
In this article, we’ll walk through the most common problems plaguing the Case TR270 track loader and the steps to get your trail back to tip-top shape so you can get back to enjoying construction on your Case.
6 Case TR270 Problems and Solutions
The Case TR270 is a compact track loader known for its versatility and performance. However, like any machinery, it can encounter issues. Here are six common problems with the Case TR270 and their potential solutions:
1) Common Oil Leak Problems
The most common issue with the Case TR270 track loader is oil leaks. Check the oil filter and gasket first. Over time, the gasket can dry out and crack, allowing oil to seep through. Replace the oil filter and gasket if damaged.
Next, inspect the drain plug and seal the washer at the base of the engine. An improperly tightened drain plug or worn washer will leak oil. Tighten the plug to the recommended foot pounds using a torque wrench. Replace the washer if it is worn or flattened.
Also, check the valve cover gasket surrounding the top of the engine. This seals the valve covers to the engine block. Remove the valve covers to replace the gasket. Apply a bead of gasket sealant to help it seal properly.
With regular maintenance like oil changes every 50 hours and proper storage over winter, oil leaks in the Case TR270 can often be prevented. But if a leak does spring up, start with the common culprits—the oil filter, drain plug, and valve cover gasket. DIY repairs to these areas are often simple and inexpensive, getting your vehicle back to tip-top shape in no time.
2) Not Starting Issues
The armrest is lowered, the door is shut, and the seat is locked. Still awaiting a response, are you?
Any fuse that only has power on one side should be replaced, and the ignition switch should be turned on to test the voltage at the top two metal tabs of each fuse. If you don’t have a relay tester, you can test your relays by replacing each one with a known-good relay one at a time.
Double-checking the battery and charging mechanism for any problems that can result in the machine losing electricity is another something we advise.
3) Fixing Drive Train Problems
The drive train on your Case TR270 skid steer loader powers the wheels to move the lane. If you’re experiencing problems with the track loader’s mobility or strange noises coming from the wheels, the drive train likely needs adjustment or repair.
The drive belt transfers power from the engine to the wheels. If the vehicle won’t move, the belt may be damaged or broken. You’ll need to remove the deck to access the belt. Check for fraying, cracks, or missing sections. Replace the belt if needed. Ensure the new belt has the proper tension—too loose and it won’t drive the wheels; too tight and it will damage the bearings.
The wheels and axles also impact the drive train. If the vehicle pulls to one side, a wheel may be bent or bearings are going bad. Remove and inspect each wheel for dents or wobbles, replacing them as needed. The axles connect the wheels to the frame. Bent or rusty axles should be replaced to ensure maximum power transfer to the wheels.
Proper drive train maintenance will keep your Case TR270 running smoothly all season. Addressing issues early on can prevent further damage and costly repairs down the road. With some troubleshooting and TLC, you’ll have your loader back to full mobility in no time.
4) Changing From a Bucket to a Grapple
To switch your Case TR270 from using the standard bucket to a grapple attachment, there are a few steps to take.
Remove the Bucket
First, park the compact loader on a level surface and turn off the engine. Allow all parts to cool completely. Locate the bucket mount pins, typically near the back of the boom arms. Remove the retaining clips or cotter pins holding the mount pins in place. Pull the mount pins out to disconnect the bucket.
Store the bucket and mount pins in a secure area. You will need them again if you want to switch back to using the bucket.
Attach the Grapple
With the bucket removed, you can now attach your grapple rake. Position the grapple over the boom arms, aligning the mount points. Insert the mount pins through the grapple and boom arms, securing them in place with the retaining clips.
Double-check that the grapple is securely attached and all parts are properly fastened before operating the machine. Test the grapple to ensure it is working properly before heading out to tackle yard waste collection or land clearing jobs.
Settings and Safety
Some adjustments may be needed to optimize performance with the grapple attachment. Refer to your owner’s manual for guidance on recommended pressure settings for the hydraulic hoses when using attachments. Be aware that the operating characteristics may differ somewhat with the grapple, so practice in an open area without bystanders first.
Always put safety first and follow all precautions when operating power equipment to avoid injury. With the proper installation and safety measures taken, the grapple rake attachment can make waste and debris cleanup much more efficient with your Case TR270.
5) Hydraulic Problem
If the hydraulic lift on your TR270 skid steer loader suddenly stops working, there are a few things you can check before calling a mechanic.
The hydraulic fluid reservoir is the heart of the system. Check that the fluid level is full and the oil is clean. Low or dirty fluid can prevent the hydraulics from functioning properly. Refill or replace the hydraulic fluid and filters if needed.
Air in the hydraulic lines is another common issue. With the loader on level ground, raise and lower the deck and cut units a few times to purge any air from the system.
The hydraulic pump, valves, or cylinders may also be malfunctioning. Inspect all hydraulic components for any visible damage or leaks. Tighten any loose connections and replace damaged parts.
If problems persist after checking these areas, the hydraulic system likely needs professional service to diagnose and repair the issue. It’s best to have a certified case technician service your TR270 to get it back in working order as quickly as possible.
6) Code 5217 Problem
The challenges related to the control system are last but certainly not least. The joysticks play a large part in directing and controlling the loader.
Loose connections and a malfunctioning circuit board are the obvious suspects for this type of issue. Reconnecting and tightening the loader and steering connections is all that is required for the former. You only have the option to buy a new one for the latter.
A fault code will typically appear when the joystick isn’t functioning properly. When shown, it normally appears as code 5217.
Additionally, look for corrosion in the cables and connection points. To prevent future problems like a defective circuit board or the battery draining when not in use, you will need to repair such items.
These are the most common problems you’re likely to face with a Case TR270 and how to fix them yourself. Don’t let minor issues keep you from enjoying your construction and tackling your yard work. With some basic mechanical know-how and the right parts, you’ll have your TR270 running smoothly again in no time.
And if a problem has you stumped, don’t be afraid to take it into your local shop to have a pro take a look. They can get you back on the trail and enjoy your ground in working order. With regular maintenance and care for your track loader, you’ll have it for years to come.
What kind of machinery is in case TR270?
Power and toughness are combined in the Case TR270, a real workhorse. This small track loader can perform difficult tasks that call for heavy lifting and move with ease because it is equipped with a powerful engine.
How quickly does the TR270 case flow?
To power your high-performance attachments, the standard auxiliary hydraulic flow has been increased to 24.2 gpm (91.5 L/min), and the optional high-flow has been increased to 32.4 gpm (122.6 L/min), making both the standard and high-flow the best-in-class.
What distinguishes a skid steer with a high flow from one without one?
Low-flow skid steers, often referred to as standard-flow skid steers, have a flow rate of 18 to 25 gallons per minute (gpm). Between 30 and 45 gpm are the flow rates at which high-flow skids carry hydraulic fluid. Machines with standard flow rates are, well, standard; high flow rates are an optional extra that is more expensive.