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Mustang ME3003

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by john146, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. john146

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    I saw one that I could get for 10k (bargained down). Anyone know anything about these? Some searching suggests this is equivalent to a Gehl 303?
     
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    The machine is built for Gehl/Mustang by Wacker. They are solidly built, obviously it is old and used and subject to how it was maintained, but they are solid. Some of the ergonomics are a little odd if your used to a Japanese mini ex, but I wouldn't be scared of one.
     
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    Thank you. I went ahead and bought it. It seemed to be well maintained, I couldn't discern any leaks or such. Controls were a bit jerky, but I'm happy. Now for a skid loader.
     
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    I now have it at home. This thing seems to work fine, but it started overheating after about an hour of use... Maybe something wrong with the radiator?
     
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    I would check to see if the radiator isn't plugged with dirt. I have it happen with some of mine, especially when doing demo.
     
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    I tried to ease on the throttle a bit, and haven't experienced overheating. Will need to figure out how to access the radiator though.

    I'm not sure if the hour meter is accurate. At first it seemed it was 1400, but it looks like it's been reset, and it's actually 14hr + xx, which is obviously incorrect.
     
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    Radiator seems clean, and I topped it off with coolant, but to no avail. Maybe I need to flush the old coolant?
    It's not really that much of a problem as I'm able to get quite a bit of runtime out of it before it overheats.

    It's also missing a fuel cap. Where can I get it? In general, where's a good place to find parts for this? The fuel gauge also doesn't seem to be working.

    Also, which buckets normally fit? I could take measurements but I'm unsure what to search for.
     
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    You should be able to find some help with a Mustang dealer of course (good luck finding one of those), a Gehl dealer and a your best source would likely be a Wacker Neuson dealer. You would want to find the corresponding Gehl model number and WN for the machine you have. Once you have that, some of the used part resellers on the Net could help you as well at a cheaper price. Werk Brau can help you with buckets and thumb fittings, WB may also be an easy source to locate the sister machines from Gehl and WN.
     
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    Thanks!

    Looking for an oil filter now.. not fun. The 3003 (AKA Gehl 303) has different engines depending on the year. The specific engine that I have, I have no idea how to locate a filter for. I guess I can check what's already inside there, though.
     
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    and the battery won't charge. lovely...
     
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    Seems it's the tension on the belt, but the gehl 303 manual steps to adjust the tension don't seem to work well at all...
     
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    ahh some WD-40 does the trick. Definitely needs a new belt though. So far it's been pretty good except for the belt (which would explain the overheating and battery charging issues. Belt not tight enough = fan not spinning fast enough, alternator not spinning fast enough).