c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or death.
ˇ If it is necessary to run an engine in an enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension to remove the fumes. Always try to work in a well ventilated area.
ˇ DO NOT store vehicle with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
ˇ Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.
ˇ Remove the battery and store it in a cool dry place where it will not freeze, and where children cannot reach it.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use John Deere gasoline storage stabilizer or equivalent in the fuel tank. Follow directions on can.
ˇ Gasoline storage stabilizer should always be used when storing Front Mower to prevent carburetor varnishing and partial plugging of carburetor jets.
ˇ Either of these conditions could cause engine to run lean and result in piston seizure and engine failure.
1. Add John Deere storage stabilizer or equivalent to fuel tank. Follow directions on can.
2. Run engine 10 minutes so stabilizer reaches carburetor.
3. Change engine oil when engine is warm. (See Changing Engine Oil in Service Engine section.)
4. Remove spark plugs (A). Put 30 ml (1 oz.) of clean engine oil into cylinders.
5. Sit on tractor seat.
6. Turn key to crank engine five or six times.
7. Install spark plugs.
8. Clean the engine and the area around it: remove oil, grease, and dirt.
9. Apply paint on parts of the engine that need it to prevent rust.
Storing Front Mower
c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Store battery where children cannot reach it.
1. Remove battery:
ˇ Clean it.
ˇ Check electrolyte level. (See Checking Battery Electrolyte Level in service battery section.)
ˇ Charge battery. (See Charging Battery in service battery section.)
ˇ Store battery in a cool, dry place.
2. Repair worn or damaged parts. Replace parts if necessary.
3. Tighten loose hardware.
4. Clean Front Mower.
5. Apply paint on areas that need it to prevent rust.
6. Apply multipurpose grease on exposed lift cylinder rod. Lubricate grease points. (See Lubricate Lift Cylinder in service section.)
7. Release hydraulic pressure: Move hydraulic control lever back and forth.
8. Store Front Mower in a dry, protected place. If Front Mower is stored outside, put a waterproof cover over it. Your John Deere dealer has a storage cover to fit Front Mower.
9. Put blocks or support stands under Front Mower to take weight off tires. Let 1/3 of air out of tires.
Removing Front Mower From Storage
1. Check tire pressure.
2. Remove blocks or supports from under Front Mower.
3. Fill fuel tank.
4. Wipe grease off cylinder rods.
5. Check battery electrolyte level. Charge battery if necessary. Install battery.
6. Check spark plug gap. Install and tighten plugs to 20 Nˇm (15 lb-ft.).
7. Lubricate all grease points. (See Service\Miscellaneous section.)
8. Check transmission oil level.
9. Check shield and guards.
10. Run engine 5 minutes before you put engine under load.