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Transaxle Oil



Use oil viscosity based on the expected air temperature range during the period between oil changes.

John Deere HY-GARD™ transmission and hydraulic oil is recommended for most normal operating temperatures.

NOTE: For temperatures below -13? C (0? F) John Deere low viscosity HY-GARD™ may be used.

Other oils may be used if they meet John Deere standards JDM J20C and JDM J20D.

Checking Transaxle Oil Level

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Hot hydraulic oil will expand and show incorrect oil level. Check oil level:

• When oil is cold.

• With engine not running.


1. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Raise and secure cargo box.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and debris in oil may cause damage to the transaxle. Clean area around opening before removing dipstick.



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3. Remove dipstick (A) located on the top of the transaxle housing. Wipe dipstick clean.

4. Check oil level by setting dipstick on threads in transaxle case, then removing and checking oil level.

5. Add oil as needed through the dipstick fill hole.

6. Install and tighten dipstick.

7. Lower the cargo box.

Changing Transaxle Oil

1. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Raise and secure cargo box.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and debris in oil may cause damage to the transaxle. Clean area around opening before removing plug or dipstick.

Be sure dipstick is installed before removing drain plug. Slowly remove dipstick after plug is removed to control rate of oil flow draining into drain pan.



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3. Position drain pan under transaxle drain plug (A).

4. Remove plug and drain oil.

5. Check washer on drain plug. Replace if missing or in poor condition.

6. Install and tighten drain plug to 30-35 N•m (22-26 lb-ft).

7. Remove dipstick located on top of transaxle housing. Wipe dipstick clean.

8. Add oil: Start by adding approximately 4.7 L (5.0 qt).

9. Check oil level by setting dipstick on threads in transaxle case, then removing and checking oil level.

10. Wait for two minutes then check oil level. Add oil if necessary.

11. Install dipstick and tighten.

12. Lower the cargo box.

Checking Drive Belt

1. Stop machine on a level surface, and allow machine to idle for a few minutes to allow driven clutch pulley to be in a fully closed position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating parts can catch fingers, loose clothing, or long hair. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before leaving operator’s station to adjust or service machine.

2. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

3. Raise and secure cargo box.


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Picture Note: Good drive belt.


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Picture Note: Worn drive belt.

4. Measure distance from top of belt to top of driven sheave. If measurement exceeds 4 mm (0.16 in.) (A), replace drive belt.

5. Rotate and inspect belt for wear or damage.

6. Measure the top surface of the belt width at (B). Dimension should be a minimum of 28 mm (1.1 in.).

7. Replace belt if worn beyond limit.

8. Lower the cargo box.

Replacing Drive Belt

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating parts can catch fingers, loose clothing, or long hair. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before leaving operator’s station to adjust or service machine.

1. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Raise and secure cargo box.


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3. Route the belt over pulley (A) of the driven clutch. Rotating the driven pulley will aid in removing the belt.

4. Route belt over drive pulley (B) to remove.

5. Install new belt by routing over drive pulley and then over the driven clutch pulley.

6. Lower the cargo box.

Checking Secondary Driven Clutch Buttons

1. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Raise and secure cargo box.


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3. Check for missing or worn clutch buttons (A).


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Picture Note: Good Clutch Buttons.


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Picture Note: Worn Clutch Buttons.

• There should not be any excessive wear on clutch buttons (A); replace before there is metal-to-metal (B) contact.

• If replacement is necessary, see your authorized dealer.

4. Lower the cargo box.