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Tractor Link Arms Will Not Lower

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Your link arms will not lower.  It’s a frustrating problem.

We commonly associate hydraulic problems with poor pump performance and reduced or slow lift capacity.  However, we get quite a number of people reporting that their link arms won’t lower.

We’ve had an email from the owner of a Massey Ferguson 35 who has this problem, so […]

By |February 7th, 2014|Hydraulics, MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

Massey Ferguson 500 Series Wiring Diagrams

These wiring diagrams are for the 500 series Massey Ferguson tractors.

MF550, MF565, MF575, MF590

Click the link below to download the pdf wiring diagram…

MF500 Series Wiring Diagrams

The first diagram is of the main wiring. The second diagram is for the lights and warning lights wiring.

The electrical systems of these tractors are negative earth and charged by […]

By |January 14th, 2014|MF 500 series, Tractor Electrics|Comments Off on Massey Ferguson 500 Series Wiring Diagrams

23C Fuel Injection Pump, Aligning The Circlip

The Question
We’ve had a query about aligning the letter G against the circlip mark when timing the fuel injection pump on the 23C engine.  Bob has followed the 23C Engine Rebuild DVD and notes that on the DVD it shows the circlip mark on the lower side of the clip gap.  However, Bob’s tractor has […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|Comments Off on 23C Fuel Injection Pump, Aligning The Circlip

Old Traction Engine Pulls Modern John Deere

Jim has sent VTE a link to this video. We see a big heavy old traction engine running in a low gear with low rpm but high torque.  This is challenged by a a high horse power John Deere which has been customised for tractor pulling…


What Can We Learn?
Well the outcome of the tractor pull […]

By |January 2nd, 2014|Articles/News|Comments Off on Old Traction Engine Pulls Modern John Deere

23C Air Cleaner Oil Level

We sometimes like to re-visit previous topics.  This is a discussion from the forum about the oil bath air cleaner oil level.  VTE has a few bits of information to add at the end of this article…



I have never been very clear as to how much oil should be put in the oil container […]

By |December 12th, 2013|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|Comments Off on 23C Air Cleaner Oil Level

Massey Ferguson 35 Photograph

Here at VTE we love to get into detail about different aspects of tractor maintenance.  We’ve got some in-depth articles on things such as:-

Dexta Electrics For Road Use
Fitting Core Plugs To Standard 23C Engine
Adjusting Clutch Pedal Freeplay (MF35)
Understanding The Characteristics Of Multi-Power
Replacing Crankshaft Rope Seals
Setting Lever Springs (MF35 Hydraulics)


All interesting (and serious) stuff.  Every now […]

By |November 5th, 2013|Articles/News|Comments Off on Massey Ferguson 35 Photograph

Clutch Squeal

Tom has recently refurbished the engine on his 3 cylinder MF35.  However, after replacing the clutch assembly with a new one he has experienced a squeal.  This is what Tom said…
‘ The clutch is producing a quiet but definite squeal when the clutch pedal is depressed. I set the two-stage pto adjuster nuts as per […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Ferguson / MF, MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

Memories Of Threshing Days

Last week we took a trip down memory lane when we talked about threshing dyas and saw vidoes from the Rosemount Vintage Festival.  This has provoked quite a response with people making various comments.


Opposing Views

One gentleman commented that we shouldn’t look back with rose tinted spectacles.  Farmers’ lung, bad backs, poor pay, dust, itching skin, […]

By |October 28th, 2013|Articles/News|Comments Off on Memories Of Threshing Days