Changing the oil and the oil filter on a John Deere tractor is a regularly scheduled maintenance item. Refer to your John Deere service manual for the proper frequency of this job, as well as for the engine oil weight and capacity. You should always change the oil and filter together--John Deere recommends never changing one without the other. No other job is more critical for maintaining the health and longevity of your tractor.
Things You'll Need
- Oil pan
- Service manual
- Oil filter wrench
Run your John Deere tractor for a few minutes to warm the oil. Park the tractor securely on level ground. Place an oil pan under the oil drain plug.
Remove the oil plug from the bottom of the engine with a wrench. Allow the old oil to drain completely.
Remove the oil filter by turning counterclockwise with an oil filter wrench. If you're not sure of the filter's location, refer to the owner's manual.
Coat the rubber gasket on the new filter with a small amount of oil. Screw on the new filter clockwise by hand until you feel a little resistance. Screw in ½ turn more by hand. Do not overtighten.
Replace the oil plug in the bottom of the engine, tightening securely. Remove the oil fill cover and pour oil into the engine. Replace the oil fill cover. Check the oil dipstick to see that the oil is at the right level in the engine. Check the dipstick level again regularly after running your tractor.
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