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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.

Using Bio-Diesel Fuel

Bio-diesel fuels may be used only if the bio-diesel fuel properties meet the latest edition of ASTM D6751, EN14214, or equivalent specification.

The maximum allowable bio-diesel concentration is a 5% blend (also known as B5) in petroleum diesel fuel.

Consult your local fuel distributor for properties of the bio-diesel fuel available in your area.

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 and allow to cool 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.

• Loosen fuel cap slowly to release pressure and to keep fuel from escaping around the cap.

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 the ROPS Hardware

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! To maintain operator protection and ROPS certification:

• Do not repair or revise the ROPS.

• Any alteration of the ROPS must be approved by the manufacturer.


1. Tighten four flange head bolts and four lock nuts (A) to 108 N•m (80 lb-ft).

Checking Tire Pressure

1. Check tires for damage.


2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.

3. Adjust air pressure, if necessary:

Tire Size


kPa (bar) (psi)

20 x 10 - 8

82.7 (0.827) (12)

20 x 10 - 10

151.7 (1.50) (22)

Tightening Wheel Hardware

NOTE: Tighten bolts after first 50 hours of operation and every 100 hours thereafter.

1. Tighten all wheel bolts alternately to 81–95 N•m (60–70 lb-ft.).

Adjusting Park Brake

1. Park machine on a level surface.

2. Lock the park brake.

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.

3. Lift machine with a suitable lifting device just high enough to allow drive wheels to turn.

4. Support machine with stable supports.

5. Operate lift control and allow cutting units to settle on ground.

6. To adjust park brake tension, place park brake (A) in the unlocked position as shown.


7. Remove cotter pin (B) and drilled pin (C).

8. Turn yoke (D) clockwise to shorten rod (E) and counterclockwise to lengthen.

9. Install yoke and drilled pin to check adjustment of park brake.

10. Adjust yoke until brake pads just begin to drag on brake rotor. Then back off one revolution.

11. Install drilled pin and new cotter pin.

If all yoke adjustment has been used:

1. Back off the yoke so threads on rod are flush with yoke.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not loosen top nut (F) until spring (I) is loose. If top nut is backed off too far, spacer on inside of spring may jump out of hole in spring bracket and bind up brake when top nut is tightened.


2. Loosen top flange nut (F) approximately 6 mm (1/4 in.).

3. Remove cotter pin (G) and washer from end of “J” rod (H).

4. While holding caliper arm with spring assembly (I) up as far as possible, adjust “J” rod until end of rod aligns with hole in brake lever arm (J).

5. Install “J” rod, washer, and new cotter pin.

6. Tighten top flange nut (F) while holding bottom flange nut (K), until it contacts spacer. Tighten to 10 N•m (7 lb-ft).

7. Repeat steps 2-6 on opposite side.

Cleaning Equipment Properly After Use

Following are general guidelines for the daily cleaning of John Deere Golf & Turf Equipment:

1. Lower attachments to the ground.

2. Disengage all power and stop the engine.

3. Move hydraulic lift levers back and forth to relieve pressure.

4. Lock park brake and remove the key.

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).

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage!

• Compressed air should be used to clean all radiators and air screen. Do not use water when cleaning these areas.

• Do not use water to wash under hood or under seat area or where electrical components are located. Use compressed air and blow debris away. Water in electrical connections may create electrical problems.

• Do not direct high pressure water at the reel motor seals. Water may be drawn into bearings as they cool.

5. Blow debris from radiators, air screens, under the hood and seat area using compressed air.

6. Wash exterior of machine, foot platform area and reels using high volume, low pressure water.

7. Perform grease maintenance on the reels after washing to purge any moisture from system.

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.

Raising Hood

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


2. Turn knob (A) to unlock hood (B).

3. Tilt hood forward from latch side.