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Anti Chatter Transmission Oil

NOTE: Machine is filled with John Deere 85W140 API GL-5 Gear Oil transmission oil at the factory. Do not mix oils.

These machines are equipped with a gear transmission. To avoid chatter, use only 85W140 API GL-5 Gear Oil transmission oil.

John Deere 85W140 API GL-5 Gear Oil transmission oil is specially formulated to minimize clutch chatter, and to provide maximum protection against mechanical wear, and corrosion.

Checking Belt Condition

NOTE: If belt replacement is necessary see your John Deere dealer, or the Technical Manual for this machine.


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• Measure belt width. Belt must not be less then 27 mm (1-1/16 inch).

Check drive belt condition. Belt must not be glazed or cracked.

Checking Drive Clutch Shoes

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


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2. Replace shoes when worn to 1–2 mm (.040 to.080 in.) from ramp surface (A).

NOTE: If replacement is necessary see your John Deere dealer, or Technical Manual for this machine.

Checking Transaxle Oil

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

2. Check oil level when engine is cold.

3. Lift rear hood.


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4. Clean the area around the check plug (A).

5. Remove check plug.


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6. Oil should drip slightly from the plug hole (B).


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7. If oil level is low, remove filler cap (C). Add 85W140 GL-5 Gear Oil or equivalent oil until you can see oil drip slightly from plug hole.


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8. Install and tighten check plug (A).

9. Replace filler cap.

Changing Transaxle Oil

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


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2. Remove drain plug (A).

3. After all oil is drained, install and tighten plug.


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4. Lift rear hood (B).

5. Clean area around transaxle check plug.


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6. Remove plug and filler cap (C).


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7. Add approximately 2.3 L (2.5 qt) of 85W140 GL-5 gear oil or until oil drips slightly from check plug hole.


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8. Remove check plug (D).


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9. Oil should drip slightly from plug hole (E).

10. Install and tighten plug.

11. Replace filler cap.

12. Lower rear hood.

Lubricating Rear Axle


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Lubricate fittings (A) with one or two shots of John Deere Multipurpose grease or an equivalent.

Adjusting Shift Control Rod


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1. Adjust front tie rod end and hex nut (also rear tie rod end and hex nut if necessary) so distance (A) between forward pedal and platform when forward is engaged and distance (B) between reverse pedal is engaged are equal.


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2. Tighten elastic stop nut (C) attaching tie rod end to bracket.