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Service Miscellaneous


Using Proper Fuel

Use regular grade unleaded fuel with an octane rating of 87 octane or higher. Fuel blends containing up to 10% ethanol or up to 15% MTBE reformulated fuel are acceptable. Do not use fuel or additives containing methanol as engine damage can occur.

Always use fresh, clean fuel that is purchased in a quantity that can be used within approximately 30 days, or add fuel stabilizer.

Fuel is blended to give best seasonal performance. To avoid engine performance problems such as hard starting or vapor lock, use in-season fuel. Use fuel during warm weather that was purchased during that season, and use fuel during cold weather that was purchased during that season.

Fuel can become stale in machines with engines that are used seasonally or infrequently during a season. Stale fuel can produce varnish and plug carburetor components which can affect engine performance.

Keep fuel storage container tightly covered and in a cool area out of direct sunlight. Fuel can break down and degrade if not sealed properly or exposed to sun and heat.

Condensation may collect in the fuel tank because of a variety of operating or environmental conditions and, over time, may affect your machine’s operation. Fill fuel tank at the end of daily use and store fuel in plastic containers to reduce condensation.

For best year-round performance and fuel-handling, add stabilizer to fuel immediately after fuel purchase. Such practice helps prevent engine performance problems and allows fuel storage in the machine all year without draining.

Filling Fuel Tank

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable:

• Shut engine off before filling fuel tank.

• Do not smoke while handling fuel.

• Keep fuel away from flames or sparks.

• Fill fuel tank outdoors or in well ventilated area.

• Clean up spilled fuel immediately.

• Use clean approved non-metal container to prevent static electric discharge.

• Use clean approved plastic funnel without screen or filter to prevent static electric discharge.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and water in fuel can cause engine damage:

• Clean dirt and debris from the fuel tank opening.

• Use clean, fresh, stabilized fuel.

• Fill the fuel tank at the end of each day’s operation to keep condensation out of the fuel tank.

• Use a non-metallic funnel with a plastic mesh strainer when filling the fuel tank or container.


Fill fuel tank at the end of each day’s operation to prevent condensation and freezing during cold weather.

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

2. Allow engine to cool.

3. Remove any trash from area around fuel tank cap.

4. Remove fuel tank cap slowly to allow any pressure built up in tank to escape.

5. Fill fuel tank only to bottom of filler neck.

6. Install fuel tank cap.

Checking Tire Pressure

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of tire and rim parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly:

• Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

• Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure.

• Do not weld or heat a wheel and tire assembly. Heat can cause an increase in air pressure resulting in an explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or deform the wheel.

• Do not stand in front or over the tire assembly when inflating. Use a clip-on chuck and extension hose long enough to allow you to stand to one side.

1. Check tires for damage.

NOTE: Refer to the SPECIFICATIONS section for tire pressures.

2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.

3. Add or remove air, if necessary.

Cleaning Plastic Surfaces

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Improper care of machine plastic surfaces can damage that surface:

• Do not wipe plastic surfaces when they are dry. Dry wiping will result in minor surface scratches.

• Use a soft, clean cloth (bath towel, diaper, automotive mitt).

• Do not use abrasive materials, such as polishing compounds, on plastic surfaces.

• Do not spray insect repellent near machine.


1. Rinse hood and entire machine with clean water to remove dirt and dust that may scratch the surface.

2. Wash surface with clean water and a mild liquid automotive washing soap.

3. Dry thoroughly to avoid water spots.

4. Wax the surface with a liquid automotive wax. Use products that specifically say “contains no abrasives.”

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not use a power buffer to remove wax.


5. Buff applied wax by hand using a clean, soft cloth.

Cleaning and Repairing Metal Surfaces

Cleaning:

Follow automotive practices to care for your vehicle painted metal surfaces. Use a high-quality automotive wax regularly to maintain the factory look of your vehicle’s painted surfaces.

Repairing Minor Scratches (surface scratch):

1. Clean area to be repaired thoroughly.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not use rubbing compound on painted surfaces.


2. Use automotive polishing compound to remove surface scratches.

3. Apply wax to entire surface.

Repairing Deep Scratches (bare metal or primer showing):

1. Clean area to be repaired with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.

2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available from your authorized dealer to fill scratches. Follow directions included on paint stick for use and for drying.

3. Smooth out surface using an automotive polishing compound. Do not use power buffer.

4. Apply wax to surface.

Opening and Closing Hood

Opening Hood

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


MX30514, MX30614

2. Stand in front of machine and grasp hood lift handle (A).

3. While applying slight upward pressure to the hood lift handle (A) to release the center latches (B), push rearward on the hood above headlight (C) to release the hood latch (D) on each side.

4. When the hood latches are released, pull upward on the hood to pivot to full open position.

Closing Hood

1. Grasp hood lift handle (A).

2. Pivot hood downward to closed position.

3. Press down on each side of hood (E) and each side of cup holder (F) to latch hood in closed position.

Removing and Installing Engine Access Panel

Removing

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

2. Let engine cool.

3. Tip seats forward.

4. Raise and secure cargo box.


MX34018

5. Grasp corners (A) of engine panel. Lift up and pull rearward to unsnap rear and front lock tabs from seat base panel.

6. Lift panel high enough to clear cargo box latch handle (B) and rearward enough to clear passenger seat base (C).

Installing


MX34036

1. Place engine panel into channels (D) on seat base panel.

2. Slide engine panel forward to engage three front tabs (E) into seat base panel slots (F).

3. Press down on rear corners (G) of engine access panel to engage lock (H) on seat base panel.

4. Lower cargo box.

5. Tip seats back.

Shock Adjustment

Preload Adjustment

NOTE: When adjusting the preload on the shock absorber springs, both front springs must be adjusted to the same setting, and both rear springs must be adjusted to the same setting.

MX35306

Adjust spring preload by turning adjusting cam accordingly with the adjusting wrench that comes with the vehicle.

Turn the adjusting cam (A) clockwise for a firmer ride (B) and rough terrain or when carrying cargo or pulling a trailer.

Turn the adjusting cams counterclockwise for a light load and a smooth terrain (C).

Adjusting cam position must be in same notch across an axle.

Removing and Installing Front Wheel Assembly

Removing

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section.)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The machine can fall or slip from an unsafe lifting device or supports.

• Use a safe lifting device rated for the load to be lifted.

• Lower machine onto jack stands or other stable supports and block wheels before servicing.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Place jack stands under frame, not under transmission or engine, when raising or supporting machine.


2. Raise machine with a safe lifting device and lower machine onto jack stands or other stable supports. Block wheels remaining on the ground to prevent machine movement.


MX30308

3. Remove the cap (A) from the end of the axle hub.

4. Remove the mounting cap screw (B) and washer.

5. Remove the wheel assembly.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of tire and rim parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly:

• Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

6. Take wheel assembly to an authorized service dealer for repairs.

Installing

1. Apply multipurpose grease to spindle shaft before installing wheel assembly.

2. Install wheel assembly with valve stem to the outside.

3. Install washer and tighten cap screw to 92 N•m (68 lb-ft).

4. Install cap.

Removing and Installing Rear Wheel Assembly

Removing

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section.)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The machine can fall or slip from an unsafe lifting device or supports.

• Use a safe lifting device rated for the load to be lifted.

• Lower machine onto jack stands or other stable supports and block wheels before servicing.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Place jack stands under frame, not under transmission or engine, when raising or supporting machine.


2. Raise machine with a safe lifting device and lower machine onto jack stands or other stable supports. Block wheels remaining on the ground to prevent machine movement.


M89736, M89737

3. Remove the cap (A) from the end of the axle hub.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Snap rings and E-clips have spring tension and can come loose unexpectedly when removing and installing. Wear eye protection.

4. Remove the snap ring or E-clip (B) and washer.

NOTE: A shaft key may fall out of the axle shaft. If so, be sure to retain for installation.

5. Remove the wheel assembly.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of tire and rim parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly:

• Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

6. Take wheel assembly to an authorized service dealer for repairs.

Installing

1. Apply multipurpose grease to spindle shaft before installing wheel assembly.

NOTE: Be sure shaft key is in place on axle shaft before installing wheel assembly.

2. Install wheel assembly with valve stem to the outside and align slot in wheel assembly with key in axle shaft.

3. Install washer and snap ring or E-clip.

4. Install cap.

Checking Brakes and Brake Cables

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


MX30618

Picture Note: Underneath machine.


MX34017

Picture Note: Lift cargo box to view.

2. Check brake cables (A) and (B).

• If the cables are damaged or worn, see your John Deere dealer.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always check area around machine for bystanders and obstacles before operating the machine.

3. Test the brakes.

a. Move the machine to a level, dry surface that is in a wide open area away from any bystanders and obstacles.

b. Accelerate the machine to full speed.

c. Apply the brakes fully and quickly.

d. Check that the machine comes to a complete stop in less than 20 feet.

If the machine takes more than 20 feet to stop, or if you feel the brakes are not working properly, see your John Deere dealer.

Checking Traction Assist Cable Operation (CX Model)

1. Engage the traction assist.

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

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Improperly adjusted traction assist cables can cause transaxle damage.

See your John Deere dealer if the cable needs to be adjusted.



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Picture Note: Located on back of machine.

3. Inspect the traction assist lever (A) and try moving the lever toward the passenger side of the machine.

• If the lever can not be moved toward the passenger side of the machine, the cable does not need adjustment.

• If the lever can be moved, see your John Deere dealer.