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Service Intervals


Servicing Your Machine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Operating in extreme conditions may require more frequent service intervals:

• Engine components may become dirty or plugged when operating in extreme heat, dust or other severe conditions.

• Engine oil may lose efficiency if vehicle is operated constantly at slow or low engine speeds or with frequent short trips.


Please use the following timetables to perform routine maintenance on your machine.

Service Intervals

Break-In (After First 5 Hours)

• Change engine oil and filter.

• Check and adjust transmission drive belt.

• Change hydraulic oil, filter, and clean the suction strainer.

• Grease all mower spindles.

• Grease caster wheels and caster wheel spindles.

Before Each Use

• Make sure all safety guards and shields are attached.

• Check engine oil level.

• Check hydraulic oil level.

• Check fuel level.

• Inspect tires and check air pressure.

• Inspect primary and secondary deck belts.

• Check mower level, cutting height and blades.

• Check steering control linkages and park brake.

After Each Use

• Clean grass and debris from mower deck belt area.

• Clean air intake screens and engine cooling fins.

• Clean grass and debris from hydraulic pump.

• Check for loose, missing, or damaged parts.

Every 50 Hours or Yearly

• Clean foam air cleaner element and inspect air cleaner paper element.

• Check and adjust park brake.

• Check drive wheel hardware and tighten if needed.

• Grease all mower spindles.

• Grease caster wheels and caster wheel spindles.

• Grease both left and right control linkage pivot arms.

• Clean battery and check battery fluid level.

Every 100 Hours or Yearly

• Change engine oil and filter.

• Clean and gap spark plugs.

• Check transmission drive belt tension.

• Remove engine covers, clean dirt from cylinder and cylinder head cooling fins.

Every 200 Hours or Yearly

• Change air cleaner paper element.

Every 500 Hours or Yearly

• Change hydraulic oil, filter, and clean the suction strainer.

Every 1000 Hours or Yearly

• Replace and gap spark plugs.

• Replace fuel filter.

As Needed

• Inspect tires and check air pressure.

• Check and adjust transmission neutral.

• Replace pump drive belt.

• Check and align control levers.

• Adjust control lever neutral start switches.

• Adjust park break

• Adjust tracking.

• Check and adjust valve clearance. (See the Technical Manual or your John Deere dealer.)

• Clean and lap valve seating surface. (See the Technical Manual or your John Deere dealer.)

• Clean combustion chamber. (See Technical Manual or your John Deere dealer.)