Charge and Connect Battery
c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery may explode:
• Do not smoke or have open flame near battery.
• Wear eye protection and gloves.
• Never check battery charge by placing a metal object across the posts. Use a voltmeter or hydrometer.
• Do not jump start or charge a frozen battery. Warm battery to 16?C (60?F).
1. Remove and discard the red positive (+) protective cap from the positive (+) battery terminal.
2. Charge the battery.
• Battery is fully charged at 12.6 volts.
3. Connect positive (+) battery cable (A) to battery.
4. Connect negative (-) battery cable (B).
5. Apply general purpose grease or silicone spray to terminal to help prevent corrosion.
6. Slide red cover over positive battery cable.
Install Steering Wheel
1. Install steering wheel onto steering shaft. Turn steering wheel to position front wheels straight and facing forward.
2. Remove steering wheel.
3. Put John Deere Multi-Purpose lubricant or an equivalent on the steering shaft.
4. Install steering wheel onto steering shaft with one spindle (A) positioned at 180? at bottom of wheel and spindles (B) at approximately 45? at top of wheel.
5. Install nut (C) and tighten to 38 N•m (28 lb-ft).
6. Install cover (D) so that the logo is on the right side facing up.
Install Seat Springs
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent damage to seat switch and seat base, do not operate without suspension coils in place.
1. Raise seat (A) and install two springs (B) in one of three slotted areas in seat base.
• Move coils to front position (C) for softest ride.
• Move coils to middle position (D) for average ride.
• Move coils to rear position (E) for firm ride.
Remove Shipping Support Rod (54 Mower)
1. Remove support rod (A) from left side of deck.
2. Discard rod.
Install Mower Anti-Scalp Wheels
1. Install anti-scalp wheels:
38 in. and 42 in. Mowers:
NOTE: Anti-scalp wheels on 38 in. and 42 in. mowers are not installed in correct hole position for operation.
Picture Note: 38 in. mower shown.
• Remove shoulder bolt (A) and nut (B). Move wheel (C) to proper hole position. Secure with shoulder bolt and nut. Tighten nut to 34 N•m (25 lb-ft).
48 in. and 54 in. Two Belt Drive Mowers:
NOTE: Anti-scalp wheels on 48 in. and 54 in. mowers are located upside down on mower deck for shipping.
• Remove locking clip (D), pull pin (E) outward and remove wheel and shaft (F) installed upside down on mower deck. Install from the bottom of deck to proper hole position, as shown. Install pin and locking clip to lock wheel in position.
2. Adjust mower level before operation.
Check Tire Pressure
Check tire pressure. (See Checking Tire Pressure in the SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS section.)
Adjust Mower Deck Level
Adjust mower deck level. (See Adjusting Mower Deck Level in the OPERATING section.)
Check Engine Oil Level
Check engine oil level. (See Checking Engine Oil Level in the SERVICE ENGINE section.)
Check Machine Safety System
Perform safety system check to make sure the electronic safety interlock circuit is functioning properly. Perform all tests. (See Testing Safety System in the OPERATING section.)