IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use recommended John Deere greases to avoid component failure and premature wear.
The recommended John Deere greases are effective within an average air temperature range of -29 to 135 degrees C (-20 to 275 degrees F).
If operating outside that temperature range, contact your Servicing dealer for a special-use grease.
The following greases are preferred:
• John Deere Multi-Purpose SD Polyurea Grease
• John Deere Multi-Purpose HD Lithium Complex Grease
• John Deere Moly High Temperature EP Grease
If not using any of the preferred greases, be sure to use a general all-purpose grease with an NLGI grade No.2 rating.
Wet or high speed conditions may require use of a special-use grease. Contact your Servicing dealer for information.
Changing Gearbox Oil
1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section.)
2. Lower mower deck to the lowest cutting height position.
3. Remove foot plate.
4. Remove PTO shaft.
5. Loosen gearbox bracket (A).
6. Lift bracket.
7. Remove check plug (B).
8. Put a container under gearbox.
9. Turn gearbox bracket to drain oil.
10. Reinstall gearbox bracket.
11. Add 0.325L (0.34 qt.) oil.
12. Install check plug.
13. Install PTO and foot plate.
Lubricating Front Caster Spindles
c CAUTION: Avoid injury! To avoid injury, Do not lubricate machine while the engine is running.
NOTE: Do not over lubricate. Excess grease could fall from mower during operation.
Clean grease fitting before lubricating. Replace missing or broken grease fittings immediately.
• Lubricate two front caster spindle grease fittings (A).
Lubricating Deck Lift Support Blocks
NOTE: Adjust the mower deck to a lower cutting height position when performing this service procedure.
• Lubricate four deck lift support block grease fittings (A).
Lubricating Height-of-Cut Ball Detent
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Before lubricating the ball detent, rotate the cam so that the detent is between two height-of-cut notches on underside of the cam. Failure to do so will make it difficult to adjust the height-of-cut after lubricating.
• Lubricate one deck lift pivot grease fitting (A) between two height-of-cut notches (B).
Lubricating Mower Deck Spindles
NOTE: Removal of the belt shields is not necessary to lubricate the spindles.
Picture Note: 60 Inch side discharge shown
Picture Note: 60 Inch rear discharge shown
• Lubricate mower deck spindle grease fitting (A), located in the center of the deck.
Lubricate mower deck spindle grease fittings (B), located on either side of the mower deck.
Lubricating Mower Deck Idler Pivot
1. Remove mower deck foot plate.
2. Lubricate one deck idler pivot grease fitting (A).
3. Install foot plate.
Lubricating Mower Deck Push Arms
• Lubricate two push arm grease fittings (A), one located on each side of the machine with John Deere Multi-Purpose SD Polyurea Grease or an equivalent.
Lubricating PTO Shaft
1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section).
2. Lubricate grease fittings (A) and (C) with John Deere Multi purpose SD Polyurea Grease.
3. Pump grease into grease fittings (B) and (C) until it can be seen seeping from all four bearing caps on the inside of each universal joint.
Lubricating Engine Drive Shaft
1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY Section.)
2. Lubricate front universal joint of engine drive shaft (A) with John Deere Multi-Purpose SD Polyurea Grease.
3. Pump grease into grease fitting (B) until it can be seen seeping from all four bearing caps on the inside of universal joint.