Bobcat S130 Problems: 6 Common Issues (Explained)

The Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader is a useful and handy Skid-Steer Loader. It can be used for construction services or other such tasks such as moving dirt or digging trenches at home or for medium sized industrial work. This Skid-Steer Loader is very useful when movement of bulk cargo such as cement, timber and wood pulp is involved. It is relatively fast and does a good job provided there is an agile driver as well. This front end loader is extremely efficient and certainly an asset to have. Below are some of the common problems that the Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader encounters as well as their solutions.

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1. Wheels lock up and engine stalls

One of the problems that the Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader can encounter is an abrupt stop. This is caused when the wheels become locked up. When this happens the engine can subsequently become stalled as well. If this problem repeatedly happens the Skid-Steer Loader’s drivetrain might be damaged. In order to rectify this Bobcat S130 problem, start by removing and checking the battery cable clamps and grounds. Cleaning them should follow thereafter. Another precautionary measure to take for the Skid-Steer Loader is that when the wheels lock up the ignition should not be turned off. Instead hold the light button down so as to activate a four digit fault code which should be displayed on the left hand panel. The identification and follow up of the fault code will provide leads to an amicable solution. These fault codes are discussed later on in this article.

2. Electrical problem

Electrical problems of the Skid-Steer Loader can be fatal so caution must be exercised to minimise damage. Usually this will result in the machine being inactive. If an electrical problem happens with the Bobcat S130 one should start by looking at the back of the alternator at the big lug where there is the battery terminal check with a volt meter. There, an indication should be noticed that it is13volts or more in circulation. Also check the battery to ensure that it should not be less than 12.8 volts. This 12.8 volts should be observed on the positive terminal with a ‘plus’ sign on it.

3. Engine running rough

When the engine of the Bobcat s130 Skid-Steer Loader starts to run rough it means a problem has surfaced somewhere. This might be followed with no increase in engine revs even when the throttle has been advanced. The engine that usually runs rough will eventually stop even if it starts very well and this might repeat itself and the cycle keeps on going like that.  When this happens it is essential to make sure that the installed alternator belt and alternator are all in good working condition. If they are malfunctional they will need to be changed. Another aspect to look out for is the fuel filter. Just make sure it is also not too overworked and is good enough. This is because if it turns out to be a fuel problem, there will be dirt or crud in the fuel tank. If this is the case, adding a bottle or two of additive to fuel tank should normalise the situation. At other times it might be an issue of a weak fuel pump that might need to be changed. The weak fuel pump will normally result in the engine producing a rough sound or highs and lows of engine sounds when the Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader is under load. It will be a sign that it needs more fuel to deal with the load.

4. Error code L 7404

The fault code L7404 when displayed as a problem of the Bobcat S130 Steer-Skid Loader is for a loss of communication with the main controller on the machine. This can be addressed by checking all fuses and relays. The checking is there to address any failures that might exist. A thorough inspection of the wiring and connector pins within the controller circuit might also trace and get to the root problem. By doing this any signs of corrosion or damage that would cause a short or open circuit would be identified within the Skid-Steer Loader. At other times the Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader might show this L7404 fault code as a result of erroneous software. It could also be a problem related to a faulty controller that will need to be changed. An assessment should be done therefore by a competent person who is confident enough in dealing with the Skid-Steer Loaders.

5. Error code M1507

The error code M1507 on the Bobcat S130 indicates, ‘traction lock pull output open circuit’. This shows that there is an open circuit in the traction lock system. In order to deal with this problem of the Bobcat s130 Skid-Steer Loader check the wiring and connector pins. Look out for any corrosion that might have taken place or any damage that might have resulted during use. Another important area to check for in regards to this error code M1507 is the switch. If the switch is the problem there might be a failed solenoid and its replacement will be inevitable.

6. Arms or bucket won’t move

If the arms and/or the bucket of the Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader’s won’t move this means the arms won’t go up and that the bucket won’t tip off the load. To highlight that there is a problem, three short beeps should be heard during operation. This problem of the Skid-Steer Loader’s comes because the BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) lock valve will still be locking hydraulic functions. This will happen even if the two spool locks to release the valve spools have been powered up.

Final Words

The Bobcat S130 Skid-Steer Loader has been designed with amazing reliability. It is durable too. These make it an outstanding machine because of its toughness. In most of the environments where it’s used, the jobs it carries out are both demanding and rough. The work is usually needed fast and is produced in dusty and sometimes hot conditions.   Like most machines and equipment a continued and consistent performance of the Bobcat S130 is guaranteed by a meticulous attention to sounds and error messages sent should they appear during operation. Regular and consistent service by competent personnel will assure an excellent long-term performance by the Skid-Steer Loader.