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Service Engine


Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement

Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and systems on this engine, which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non-road engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized John Deere dealer.

Avoid Fumes

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death.

Move the machine to an outside area before running the engine.

Do not run an engine in an enclosed area without adequate ventilation.

• Connect a pipe extension to the engine exhaust pipe to direct the exhaust fumes out of the area.

• Allow fresh outside air into the work area to clear the exhaust fumes out.

Engine Oil

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

The following John Deere oils are preferred:


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• TURF-GARD®

• PLUS-4®

Other oils may be used if above John Deere oils are not available, provided they meet the following specification:

• API Service Classification SG or higher

Checking Engine Oil Level

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

2. Raise rear hood.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Failure to check the oil level regularly could lead to serious engine problems if oil level is low:

• Check oil level before operating.

• Check oil level when the engine is cold and not running.

• Keep level between the FULL and the ADD marks.

• Shut off engine before adding oil.



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3. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe dipstick with a clean rag.

4. Insert dipstick, but do not screw in, and remove to check oil level. Oil must be between ADD and FULL marks. If oil level is low, add oil to bring oil level no higher than FULL mark on dipstick.

5. If oil level is low, add oil to bring oil level no higher than full mark on dipstick. (See Engine Oil in Fuels and Lubricants section for correct oil.)

6. Install and tighten dipstick.

Changing Engine Oil and Filter

1. Run engine to warm the oil.

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

3. Raise rear hood.


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4. Remove drain plug (A) and drain oil from crankcase.

5. Clean any debris from oil filter.


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6. Remove and discard oil filter (B).

7. Put a light coat of clean oil on gasket of new oil filter.

8. Screw filter on by hand until gasket contacts oil filter adapter. Tighten 1/2 to 3/4 turn more.

9. Install drain plug.

10. Remove oil fill cap. Pour oil slowly.

NOTE: With oil filter change add 1.4 L (1.5 qt) specified engine oil.

11. Add 1.4 L (1.5 qt) of oil. Oil should be no higher then upper mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill.

12. Install oil fill cap.

13. Check oil (See Checking Engine Oil Level in this section).

14. Lower rear hood.

Cleaning Engine Fins

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

NOTE: Remove screen only if debris is excessive.


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2. Remove four screws holding screen (A) to engine.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Compressed air can cause debris to fly a long distance.

• Clear work area of bystanders.

• Wear eye protection when using compressed air for cleaning purposes.

• Reduce compressed air pressure to 210 kPa (30 psi).

3. Use compressed air to clean fins.


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4. Install screen (B) if removed.

5. Connect spark plug wires.

Replacing Air Cleaner Element

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


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2. Lift rear hood (A).


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3. Unbuckle hose clamp (B) and remove element (C).

4. Periodically check air cleaner and discard old filter element and replace with new after 300 hours.

5. Install element and buckle the two clasp.

6. Lower rear hood.

Checking Spark Plug

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

2. Lift rear hood.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Touching hot surfaces can burn skin. The engine, components, and fluids will be hot if the engine has been running. Be cautious and wear protective clothing when servicing or working near a hot engine and components.


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3. Disconnect spark plug wire (A).


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4. Remove spark plug.

5. Clean spark plug carefully with a wire brush.

6. Inspect spark plug for cracked porcelain, pitted or damaged electrodes and other wear or damage.

NOTE: In Canada, replace with resistor spark plug only.

7. Replace spark plug if necessary.


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8. Check plug gap with a wire feeler gauge. Gap must be 0.64 mm (0.025 in.).

9. Install and tighten spark plug to 20 N•m (15 lb-ft.).

10. Connect spark plug wire.

11. Lower rear hood.