5 Common Problems with John Deere 1026R (Solutions Added)

The John Deere 1026R is a Sub-Compact Utility tractorfrom theSub-Compact 1 Series. It provides quite the performance even with a Yanmar 1.1L 3-cyl diesel engine. On a lawn or road, it’s fantastic, but its small tires and lack of clearance are its drawbacks.

The most common John Deere 1026R problems include the loader breaking due to pins coming off, computer & electrical problems, hydro-static drive issues, lacking power and hydraulic components failures.

This article will give you a detailed account of all these issues. I will also discuss the specific solutions for these issues, other general troubleshooting and also, an overview of what users feel about this tractor. So stay tuned!

Problems and Solutions at a Glance:

Problems with John Deere 1026RSolutions
Loader IssuesTroubleshoot and part replacement.
Computer and Electrical ProblemsReplacement of switches and fixing computer programming from dealership.
Shock Absorber IssuesReplace part.
Lack of PowerTroubleshoot and part replacement.
Hydraulic Component FailuresTroubleshoot and part replacement.

4 Common Problems with John Deere 1026R and Their Possible Solutions:

Many common problems have been reported about the John Deere 1026R. Here are some of the problems and how to solve them.

1. Loader Issues

The loader may rise and falls. It may descend slowly and stops raising the front tires off the ground. Other hydros are usually functional.

You may find rust in the hydraulic filter. You may also experience issues with the bucket losing pressure. Moving dirt, it may go flat when you tilt the bucket to back drag with it.

The load check portion of the valve gently uncurls the bucket before curling when it is substantially loaded might have an issue. It has been dubbed DBS, short for “Droopy Bucket Syndrome,” to distinguish it from FBS, short for “Floppy Bucket Syndrome”.

There may be a DTAC issue (water in the hydraulic fluid). In addition, the rear tranny case’s fill cap may leak, resulting in a dirty fluid. For this, there is a DTAC and an improved cap and extension.

The Fix:

The bucket losing pressure issue can be resolved by putting a check valve in the rod end of the bucket hose. The DTAC solution number is 35065.

For the dirty fluid, customers ought should get a DTAC kit in the mail with a free cap and instructions on how to fix the issue. Additionally, try unplugging all the QD’s, wiping them clean, and then reconnecting them.

Sometimes, the bucket causes problems due to the broken relief valve spring. Replace it.

2. Computer and Electrical Problems

Suddenly numerous starts, stops, and shutoffs occur with a running JD 1026R. From that point on, your tractor may not start. There may be nothing wrong with the fuel pump.

But the dash will not have any power. All the fuses and relays may be good, but the dash may still lack electricity.

Another issue is that the tractor’s computer may be problematic. And due to that, the hydraulic pump becomes loud and the engine starts knocking a lot.

This possibly happens due to a switch flipping, such as the safety switch. The antifreeze may also start leaking.

The Fix:

The dashboard power loss attributes to an ignition switch problem. You can try replacing it. There may be a battery defect as these factory batteries easily run out of their life.

The computer issues may be due to an error made by the company. Because the computer cannot reprogram or flip safety switches by itself. Take the tractor to the dealership in this case.

3. Shock Absorber Issues

The tractor will “rock” forward and backward to move forward. Particularly in snow or similar ground structure. The travel pedals may have lost some of their usual hardness and responsiveness.

Additionally, it may be challenging to switch between low, neutral, and high gears. The tractor may start moving forward slowly after depressing the backward travel pedal. The pedals may be soft and unresponsive, similar to stepping on rotting fruit.

The Fix:

This issue is fairly common and occurs as the shock absorber breaks, or gets damaged.

You can contact Deere and provide your tractor’s VIN number. These shocks have undergone several changes, and some part numbers have replaced others.

I advise photographing the VIN tag on your tractor and keeping it on hand for quick access. Only use genuine John Deere components for this repair to ensure appropriate pedal action.

Or you can take out the previous shock. There are a few additional parts that can break. Like the threaded stud or the other mounting bits.

Before ordering parts online, check to see if the old mounting components can be taken off and reused. They may occasionally be rusted or damaged. Order those altogether. Do not overtighten the locknut while installing a new one.

4. Lack of Power

Often a John Deere 1026R would randomly failed, leaving nothing powered except the headlights and field lights. The brake lights too will not turn over or exhibit any power. You will notice petrol levels going down really fast.

You may also suffer a loss of power when the tractor is under load, most often when utilizing the PTO with an implement. For example, a 60D MMM or Bush Hog. The engine will lose 500+ RPMs.

It may nearly stall going uphill. Low or high gear will have no difference. A disengaged PTO and a seat switch may be responsible.

But particularly a bad factory-cut fuel filter below the left footing is the main culprit in these tractors. Moreover, going uphill causes the dirt in it to move around in the filter and puts some blocks on it.

The Fix:

A tube coming from your fuel pump may have unusual kinks. You may replace it. You should also replace the fuel filter. This small filter occasionally has to be replaced in between routine intervals.

Troubleshoot the PTO and seat safety switches as well.

5. Hydraulic Component Failures

Hydraulic components like the loader, hitch, steering etc fail often. The front loader may continue to lower itself after shifting positions. The loader may automatically start lowering with seemingly no ocntrol.

The most prominent issue is the SCV. Performing a test will confirm this. The steering may get extremely hard after a few minutes of running. It may finally be completely unresponsive.

The engine occasionally has some difficulty trying to turn the wheels. The steering control unit and the primary hydraulic pump replacements may not help.

Transmission oil pump lines having a break or crack is another possibility for an interior leak.

The Fix:

The fuel filter screen may accumulate sump. Clean the sump. It’s possible that the brakes’ lining has come off and jammed the screen.

The glue binding brake material to the disk occasionally fails if the oil is mixed with water.

If you have an internal leak, it will typically just affect one component. Such as the brake, hi-lo clutch, PTO clutch, or PTO brake.

If the steering stops working, try temporarily switching the hi-lo lever to the opposite position to see if the hydraulics start working again. Then, try activating the PTO and see if that helps.

What Majority of the Users Feel?

The 1026R is a model that has been discontinued. But it is practically the same as the 1025R, despite having a different engine.

The 1-Series offers a wide range of comfort and convenience features in addition to the position control. It is available only on the 1026R and 1025R. The 1026R also has a transmission oil cooler.

However, the maintenance is a bit costly. For example, all of the SCVs on the 1026 and 1025 are defective. It costs $900. The brand-new SCV Deere has is excellent.

The experience with these tractors are inconsistent among users.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the transmission on a 1026r cooled?

It has a separate transmission oil cooler.

What is the difference between John Deere 1025R and 1026R?

They have different engines.

What is the difference between a John Deere 1025R and 1023E?

The 1025R has more horsepower.

Final Thoughts

After research, I believe that it is a good tractor. But there are better tractors offered by Deere. So I suggest you skip on this one.

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