How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask tj Your Own Question
tj, Mechanic
Category: Heavy Equipment
Satisfied Customers: 524
Experience:  10 years of john deere,agco,new holland,cummins
Type Your Heavy Equipment Question Here...
tj is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How to disassemble a hydraulic cylinder for a John Deere 310D

This answer was rated:

How to disassemble a hydraulic cylinder for a John Deere 310D Backhoe?

The cylinders on this machine have a big nut with four notches for a spanner wrench. The parts break-down (page 3360A-46) looks like the big nut is threaded onto the rod guide and the rod guide is held into the barrel with a snap ring. The big nut won't thread off, rather everything in the end turns; how do I hold the inner part so the nut will thread off?

Hi and welcome to JA. What works the best is to put air to the fitting at the barrel end of the cylinder so the rod comes out all the way and the piston will push on the barrel gland and hold it or if it is still on the machine then use the hydraulics to hold it out and apply pressure to the gland.


If you need any more help just ask

If you agree with my answer then please accept,feedback is also welcomed THANKS

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I have tried the air pressure with no luck, I could put the hydraulic lines back on and try the higher hydraulic pressure.


Is my read of the parts break-down correct that the big nut is threaded onto the gland and the gland is held in place with a snap ring? I see now that the online parts book is not page numbered the same as mine but I am looking at "Crowd Cylinder (818060-)" in John Deere parts online for the 310D backhoe.


Also, once opened, will the piston slide out of the barrel with ease past the snap ring groove?






Yes the piston will usually slide past the snap ring groove. but when you push the glad back to remove the snap ring verify that there is no rolled ridge in the barrel and if there is use a die grinder and grind it down to remove the ridge. and yes there is a internal snap ring



Customer: replied 5 years ago.

OK, got it apart; only problem that I ran into was that there was a cast iron ring that I didn't know about on the piston that wouldn't pass over the snap ring groove in the barrel; when using force to remove it the iron ring was broken but nothing else was damaged so all should be good with new parts. I guess that maybe it is possible to compress the iron ring in order to remove the piston in the propper maner.


Thanks again,


Yes you can compress the ring with a piston ring compressor when you install it but the barrel should be tapered going back into the cylinder. and when you install it you should be fine



tj and other Heavy Equipment Specialists are ready to help you