Bobcat T300 Problems: 4 Common Issues (Explained)

The loader called Bobcat T300 is steer-skid type of machinery quite popular on the market with a good many users. It is used for different purposes which include but not limited to lawn care preparations, general landscaping, grading, construction and other tasks on farms and industry that require loading and offloading of bulk or heavy goods. Many enthusiasts of this product attest that it is a very competitive loader among others and generally does a good job given that it operates on a 217 torque, Kubota 4-cylinder engine and 81 horsepower. However, inasmuch as boasts of immense power, this loader has its own problems which are discussed below.

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1. Engine cannot start

It can be annoying for a machinery to develop a shortcoming when you expect it to accomplish a task at hand. However, if the problem happens to be that the loader cannot even start to begin with, it might become both confusing and frustrating. There could be several reasons why the engine of a Bobcat T300 may not start. Thank goodness the diagnosis of this can be fairly easy.

If this happens, check to see if there are any bad electrical connections. Trace for any loose cable or contact points. Tighten any loose connections to solve this problem of the Bobcat T300 loader. Sometimes it could be that there is low cranking speed. This might be caused by faulty fuel line or a clogged filter. Make sure the fuel line is all clear and in good working condition. Also make sure that the filter is not dirty or damaged. If it’s affected then a replacement of the fuel filter will be needed. At other times the cause for the engine of the Bobcat T300 loader to fail to start might simply be that the fuel tank is empty of gasoline. If this is the case then fill up the tank with fresh recommended fuel.

2. Stop and Start

Another problem that can be experienced by the Bobcat T300 loader is that of stop and start. These two will be alternating time and again and this can be a nuisance. This can be caused by a plugged fuel filter. This explains why the loader would start and eventually stop and start again. The dirt or blockade of the fuel filter would be cutting and leasing fuel thus accounting for this problem. The solution to this problem of the Bobcat T300 will be to clean the fuel filter. If this does not help a replacement would be inevitable.

The stop-start of the loader can also be caused by the restriction in the air cleaner. The air cleaner has to be performing very well for the whole system to benefit. Check to see if the air cleaner has no restrictions in it. If any, then remove them and this should solve the problem. It could also be the presence of air in the fuel system that will be responsible for this. The creation of consistent pressure within the fuel system should eliminate the air responsible for causing the engine to stop-start. This is achieved by running the engine for a prolonged time before normalcy rate of functioning is achieved.

3. High fuel consumption

The Bobcat T300 loader can sometimes have a problem of too much fuel consumption. This can impact heavily financially and result in time loss since refuelling will be needed more often. Some of the causes of high fuel consumption include faulty injectors. In this case the injectors might supply excessive amounts above the generally required level of fuel by the engine thereby causing the excess to be wasted as it won’t be converted to meaningful effort.  Sometimes the excess fuel might actually be lost and go out of the loader to other parts and eventually to the ground. What a wastage it will be.

This problem of the Bobcat T300 loader could also be associated with the fuel injection pump. Following the same line of thought highlighted above, it could be that the fuel pump is faulty. Thoroughly check it and if it is damaged then a replacement of the damaged area will be needed. At other times this problem might be caused by incorrect injection pump timing and as such the timing will have to be adjusted accordingly to solve the problem. Another wrong timing that causes this same problem is that of incorrect valve timing. This too will need to be adjusted should this prove to be the cause of high fuel consumption of the Bobcat T300 loader.

4. Overheating

Overheating can also be another problem of the Bobcat T300. This is attributed to the engine of this loader. It can be caused by a restriction in the exhaust pipe where the fumes won’t be properly channelled out of the loader’s system. This delay or partial release is detrimental to the system. This will created more pressure than necessary within the system thus causing overheating. Check and make sure the exhaust pipe and the whole fumes system in general are properly functional.

While it is not always easy to tell why overheating might happen with regards to malfunction of components inside the engine, it might actually be the case that it is caused by a leaking cylinder head gasket. The inspection of this will usually require the expertise of the loader’s dealer. Should the cylinder head gasket prove to be the problem then a replacement would be needed. Also, the absence of oil in the oil pan can be responsible for the problem of overheating of the Bobcat T300. Check to see if there is sufficient oil to the expected level of the loader. If not then make the necessary addition so that there is what is required.


The Bobcat T300 loader as powerful as it is should be properly taken care of through consistent service and careful driving. It remains suited for dealing with tasks of shoving ice, moving dirt and digging trenches. The Bobcat T300 loader is also very qualified to attend to industrial sites and other dirty jobs on farms. Its problems are not insurmountable. They can be lessened by regular checks on the machine and a general alertness to any abnormal changes especially in sound during the operation of the loader.