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Service Miscellaneous

Using Proper Fuel (Diesel)

Use the proper diesel fuel to help prevent decreased engine performance and increased exhaust emissions. Failure to follow the fuel requirements listed below can void your engine warranty.

Contact your local fuel distributor for properties of the diesel fuel in your area.

In general, diesel fuels are blended to satisfy the low temperature requirements of the geographical area in which they are marketed.

Diesel fuels specified to EN 590 or ASTM D975 are recommended.

Required fuel properties

In all cases, the fuel shall meet the following properties:

Cetane number of 45 minimum. Cetane number greater than 50 is preferred, especially when temperatures are below -20?C (-4?F) or elevations above 1500 m (5000 ft).
Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) below the expected low temperature OR Cloud Point at least 5?C (9?F) below the expected low temperature.
Fuel lubricity should pass a minimum load level of 3100 grams as measured by ASTM D6078 or maximum scar diameter of 0.45 mm as measured by ASTM D6079 or ISO 12156-1.

If a fuel of low or unknown lubricity is used, addition of John Deere PREMIUM DIESEL FUEL CONDITIONER at the specified concentration is recommended.

Sulfur content

• Diesel fuel quality and fuel sulfur content must comply with all existing emissions regulations for the area in which the engine operates.

• Sulfur content less that 0.05% (500 ppm) is recommended for best performance.

• Diesel fuel sulfur content greater than 0.5% (5000 ppm) should not be used.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not mix diesel engine oil or any other type of lubricating oil with diesel fuel.

Handling and Storing Diesel Fuel

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Handle fuel carefully. Do not fill the fuel tank when engine is running.

Do not smoke while you fill the fuel tank or service the fuel system.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not use galvanized containers—diesel fuel stored in galvanized containers reacts with zinc coating in the container to form zinc flakes. If fuel contains water, a zinc gel will also form. The gel and flakes will quickly plug fuel filters and damage fuel injectors and fuel pumps.

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

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! The fuel tank is vented through the filler cap. If a new cap is required, always replace it with an original vented cap.

• When fuel is stored for an extended period or if there is a slow turnover of fuel, add a fuel conditioner to stabilize the fuel and to prevent water condensation. Contact your fuel supplier for recommendations.

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.

Removing and Installing Wheel Assembly


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.


Picture Note: Wheel may or may not have a cap (A) to remove when removing the wheel.

3. Remove the wheel bolts (B).

4. 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.

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


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

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

3. Tighten wheel bolts evenly in alternating sequence until snug.

4. Lower machine completely to the ground.

5. Tighten wheel bolts to 81 N•m (60 lb-ft).

Removing and Installing Seats


1. Tip seat forward.


2. Hold onto seat and remove all screws (A).

3. Remove seat and seat bracket from support rail.



1. Position seat bushings (B) on support rail so tabs face toward rear of vehicle.


2. Position seat bracket (C) onto support rail so hinges (D) fit around rubber bushing tabs.


Picture Note: Rear position shown.

3. Rotate seat bracket upward. Position bottom of seat against bracket and align correct holes with holes in seat.

4. Slide seat to the forward (E) or rearward (F) position.

5. Install original screws (A) to secure seat.

6. Tighten seat bracket hardware to 10 N•m (88.5 lb-in.).

Opening and Closing Hood

Opening Hood

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.)

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

3. Pull up on hood release handle to unlock latch (B).

4. When the hood latch is 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 hood to latch hood in closed position.

Removing and Installing Storage Tray


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

2. Open hood.

3. Remove all contents from storage tray.


4. Grasp outer edges of the storage tray (A).

5. Flex storage tray to fit past dash panel (B) while lifting the storage tray out of machine.


1. Position storage tray over frame.


2. Flex storage tray (A) to fit under dash panel (B) while lowering storage tray into position.

3. Check alignment of cables and harnesses with routing notches (C).

4. Secure all items to prevent damage from movement while operating the machine.

5. Close hood.

Inspecting Seat Belt


IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not bleach or re-dye webbing. Webbing could become severely weakened by this process. Do not use a pressure washer or other automatic washing machine to clean belt or connectors.

• Hand wash webbing (A) with warm water and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.

• Inspect outer seat belt connector (B) and inner connector (C) for damage or wear. If assembly does not operate properly or if the webbing is torn or frayed, the seat belt must be replaced.

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


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.