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Service Lubrication


IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use recommended John Deere greases to avoid component failure and premature wear.

The recommended John Deere greases are effective within an average air temperature range of -29 to 135 degrees C (-20 to 275 degrees F).

If operating outside that temperature range, contact your Servicing dealer for a special-use grease.

The following greases are preferred:

• John Deere Multi-Purpose SD Polyurea Grease

• John Deere Multi-Purpose HD Lithium Complex Grease

If not using any of the preferred greases, be sure to use a general all-purpose grease with an NLGI grade No.2 rating.

Wet or high speed conditions may require use of a special-use grease. Contact your Servicing dealer for information.

Gear Oil

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

John Deere GL-5 Gear Lubricant is recommended.

Other oils may be used if they meet one or more of the following:

• API Service Classification GL-5.

• Military Specification MIL-L-2105D.

• Military Specification MIL-L-2105C.

• Military Specification MIL-L-2105B.

Oils meeting Military Specification MIL-L-10324A may be used as arctic oils.

Lubricating Driveshaft


• Lubricate three grease fittings (A) with recommended John Deere grease or equivalent.

• With the anti-lock collar in the lock back position, lubricate inner and outer surfaces of auto-lock yoke (B) with a multi-purpose spray lubricant.

Lubricating Gauge Wheels


• Lubricate grease fitting (A) on each gauge wheel with recommended John Deere grease or equivalent.

Lubricating Mower Blade Spindles



Picture Note: Close-up of grease point for spindle with shield in place

• Lubricate mower blade spindles (A) with recommended John Deere grease or equivalent.

Checking And Adding Gearbox Oil


1. Remove check plug (A).

2. Oil level should be at the bottom edge of the check plug hole. If oil level is low, add John Deere GL-5 Gear Lubricant as needed.

3. Install check plug (A).