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A Quick Guide to Rebuilding a Case Backhoe Power Shuttle Transmission

A Quick Guide to Rebuilding a Case Backhoe Power Shuttle Transmission

Posted by Broken Tractor on Sep 6th 2023

If you own or operate a Case 580C, 580D, 580 Super E, or a 580K before PIN # JJG0020000 backhoe, you know that the power shuttle transmission is the heart of your machine. A well-functioning power shuttle ensures that you can switch smoothly from forward to reverse and operate your backhoe efficiently. But what happens when this crucial component starts to wear out? This blog post aims to guide you through the process of rebuilding a Case backhoe power shuttle transmission. Whether you're a seasoned mechanic or a backhoe owner looking to understand what goes into a rebuild, this guide has got you covered.

What is a Power Shuttle Transmission?

Before diving into the nitty-gritty, it's essential to understand what a power shuttle transmission is. In simple terms, it's a hydraulic transmission system that allows for smoother and quicker gear changes, enhancing the machine's overall performance. Case backhoes often come equipped with these advanced systems, making them a popular choice for heavy-duty tasks.

Why Rebuild?

Rebuilding your power shuttle transmission can extend the life of your Case backhoe and improve its performance. It's also a cost-effective alternative to buying a brand new transmission system. Signs that your transmission may need a rebuild include the machine slipping when shifted into forward, fluid leaks, and unusual noises.

Pre-Requisites for a Rebuild

Tools and Specifications

Safety Measures

  • Parking Brake: Always apply the parking brake before starting any work on the transmission.

The Rebuilding Process

Removal Steps

  1. Drain the Oil: Start by draining the oil from the power shuttle and torque converter.
  2. Disconnect Shuttle Oil Cooler Tubes and Hoses: Remove the fill tube and disconnect all connected hoses and tubes between the oil cooler and the shuttle. These must be thoroughly flushed. The oil cooler should sit overnight in Varisol or some other chemical that will breakdown any clogs, pieces of shuttle clutch discs, or debris. The torque converter should be professionally flushed or replaced when rebuilding or replacing your shuttle.
  3. Remove the Drive Shaft: Loosen and remove the cap screws and clamps holding the drive shaft.
  4. Detach the Power Shuttle: Use a transmission jack to safely remove the power shuttle.

Disassembly and Inspection

  1. Clutch and Shaft: Disassemble the forward clutch and input shaft, inspecting all hard parts for wear and tear.
  2. Housing and Pan: Remove the oil pan and inspect the housing.
  3. Seals and Rings: Take out all O-rings, quad rings, and snap rings.
  4. BearingsRemove and inspect all bearings, replacing any that show signs of wear.


  1. Install New Seals: Replace all O-rings and seals.
  2. Assemble the Clutch: Reassemble the forward clutch and input shaft.
  3. Install Components: Reinstall the charging pump, cover assembly, and control valve.
  4. Final Checks: Ensure all parts are correctly installed and all passages are clear.

Post-Rebuild Checklist

  • Testing: It's crucial to test the rebuilt transmission to ensure it's functioning correctly.
  • Warranty: Always ask for a warranty on the rebuild to safeguard your investment.


Rebuilding a Case backhoe power shuttle transmission may seem like a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and tools, it's entirely doable. Whether you're a mechanic or a backhoe owner, understanding the rebuild process can save you both time and money. So the next time your Case backhoe starts showing signs of transmission wear, you'll be well-equipped to tackle the problem head-on.

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