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John Deere L1742 Operator's Manual

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Scotts Lawn Tractors
L1742, L17.542, L2048 and L2548
OMGX20928 I1
North American Version
Litho in U.S.A.

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    GX20928 Scotts Lawn Tractors L1742, L17.542, L2048 and L2548 OMGX20928 I1 OPERATOR’S MANUAL North American Version Litho in U.S.A.

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    This manual and safety signs on your machine may also be available in other languages (see your John Deere dealer to order). Sections in your operator’s manual are placed in a specific order to help you understand all the safety messages and learn the controls so you can operate this machine safely.

  • Page 3: Product Identification

    PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION Product Identification Record Identification Numbers Scotts Lawn Tractors L1742, L17.542, L2048 and L2548 PIN ( 010001- ) If you need to contact an Authorized Service Center for information on servicing, always provide the product model and identification numbers.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    The right is reserved to make changes at any time without notice. COPYRIGHT© 2001 Deere & Co. John Deere Worldwide Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division All rights reserved Previous Editions COPYRIGHT© OMGX20928 I1 - English...

  • Page 5: Safety

    Safety Understanding The Machine Safety Labels The machine safety labels shown in this section are placed in important areas on your machine to draw attention to potential safety hazards. On your machine safety labels, the words DANGER, WARNING, and CAUTION are used with this safety-alert symbol.

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    • Shield eyes, explosive gases can cause blindness or injury. • No sparks, flames, smoking. • Sulfuric acid can cause blindness or severe burns. • Flush eyes immediately with water. Get medical help fast. • Keep out of reach of children. •...

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    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or California Air Resources Board (CARB). The emissions warranty applies only to those engines marketed by John Deere that have been certified by the EPA and/or CARB; and used in the United States and Canada in off-road mobile equipment.

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    Checking Mowing Area • Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of mowing area. • Study mowing area. Set up a safe mowing pattern. Do not mow where traction or stability is doubtful. •...

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    adult. • Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Children are attracted to mowing activity, stay alert to the presence of children. • Keep children indoors when you are mowing. Turn the machine off if a child enters the mowing area. •...

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    Wear Appropriate Clothing • Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment appropriate for the job. • Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields when operating the mower. • Wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs. Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing. •...

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    Prevent Fires • Never remove fuel cap, or add fuel with engine running or hot. Allow engine to cool for several minutes. • Never store equipment with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark. •...

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    • Do not use beverage containers for waste fluids - someone may drink from them. • See your local Recycling Center or John Deere dealer to learn how to recycle or get rid of waste products. • A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides specific details on chemical products: physical and health hazards, safety procedures, and emergency response techniques.

  • Page 13: Operating

    Wipe up spilled fuel immediately. • Prolonged exposure to sunlight will damage the hood surface. Operator Station Controls Picture Note: Console on Models L1742 and L17.542; Model L17.542 shown. A - Throttle/Choke Lever B - Service Reminder/Hour Meter C - Mechanical PTO Lever D - Cruise Control Lever (On Model L17.542 Only);...

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    Picture Note: Automatic/Foot Control Models Only A - Forward Travel Pedal B - Reverse Travel Pedal Picture Note: Gear Model Only A - Transmission Shift Lever A - Attachment Lift Lever B - Mower Deck Height Reminder Tab OPERATING MX7696 A - Seat Adjustment Lever Miscellaneous Controls MX10503...

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    A - Free-Wheeling Lever (Foot Control Models) A - Power Port (On models 2048 and 2548 Only) Miscellaneous Accessories A - Front and Rear CargO Mount System™ OPERATING MX7691 A - Glove Storage Pocket Adjusting Seat MX7696 1. Sit in seat. 2.

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    Mower Setting Approximate Cutting Height 75 mm (3 in.) – 90 mm (3 1/2 in.) 4 (Transport) 100 mm (4 in.) 1. Put attachment lift lever (A) into the slot adjacent to desired cutting height. • Slide the height reminder tab (B) to the desired cutting height for the next time you mow.

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    3. Move mower lift handle to preferred cutting height. 4. Measure mower level (side-to-side). Picture Note: A convenient leveling gauge (A) (AM130907) is available from your John Deere dealer. a. Position mower blades as follows and measure from each outside blade tip (B) to the level surface.

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    Picture Note: 42 (3 in 1) used for illustration. 3. Place a straight 2x4 piece of wood (A) or a 38 mm (1.5 in.) thick block under the edge (B) of each side of mower deck. • Shims can be added, on both sides, between block of wood and mower deck edge to obtain a specific deck height, if desired.

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    Use the following checkout procedure to check for normal operation of machine. If there is a malfunction during one of these procedures, Do not operate machine. See your John Deere dealer for service. Perform these tests in a clear open area. Keep bystanders away.

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    3. Lock the park brake (A). 4. Engage PTO: • On models 2048 and 2548: Pull PTO switch (B) up. • On all other models: Push PTO lever (C) forward. 5. Try to start engine. Result: Engine must not start. If engine starts, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit.

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    there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit. Testing Reverse Implement Option (RIO) 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.) 2. Start engine. 3. Engage PTO to start attachment. CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous.

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    left in the on or run position but, will automatically shut off after two hours. Starting the Engine CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death. Move the vehicle to an outside area before running the engine.

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    Picture Note: Model 17.542 used for photo purposes. Engine is air cooled and needs a large volume of air to keep cool. Keep air intake screen (A) on top of engine clean. Stopping the Engine Picture Note: Model 17.542 used for photo purposes.

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    • To turn headlights off, turn key switch from headlights on position (B) to run position (C). Using Travel Controls on Gear Transmission CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may be injured by runover and rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward: •...

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    Using Travel Controls on Automatic Transmission CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may be injured by runover and rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward: • Carefully check the area around the machine. • Disengage the mower before backing up. Travel Forward •...

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    1. Stop forward travel. 2. Look behind the machine to be sure there are no bystanders. Picture Note: Model 17.542 shown. 3. Push and hold in the reverse implement switch (A) while depressing reverse foot pedal slightly for automatic transmission or moving the gear shift lever to the R (reverse) position for gear transmission.

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    Using Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury! Stay clear of rotating drivelines: • Entanglement in rotating driveline can cause serious injury or death. • Wear close fitting clothing. • Stop the engine and be sure PTO driveline is stopped before getting near it. •...

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    Unplugging Mower or Optional Bagger CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous: • Park the machine safely and lock the park brake before getting off the seat. • Turn the mower off. • Stop the engine. Before getting off the seat: 1.

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    A - Front and Rear CargO Mount System™ The front and rear CargO Mount System™ brackets (A) can be used for easy attachment of selected optional equipment. Use John Deere approved optional equipment only. See your Authorized Service Center for approved optional equipment. Operating - 25...

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    Using Storage Accessories A - Glove Storage Pocket • Use the storage pocket (A) for small items such as gloves. • On Models Without Cruise Control: Use the storage retainer (B) to hold an electronic device such as garage door opener. Using Weights CAUTION: Avoid injury! The machine may become unstable when operating on slopes...

  • Page 31: Replacement Parts

    If a number changes, your dealer will have the latest number. When you order parts, your John Deere dealer needs your machine serial number and engine serial number. These are the numbers that you recorded in the Product Identification section of this manual.

  • Page 32: Service Intervals

    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 and spark plugs may lose efficiency if machine is operated constantly at slow or low engine speeds or with frequent short trips.

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    SERVICE INTERVALS Lubricating Seat in the SERVICE LUBRICATION section.) After Storage • Charge battery. • Check safety systems. • Check/tighten loose hardware. • Check tire pressure. Service Intervals - 29...

  • Page 34: Service Lubrication

    Service Lubrication Grease 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).

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    Lubricating Pivot Points Picture Note: 42 (3 in 1) used for illustration. A - Lift Pivots B - Mower Deck Pivot Points (on both sides) Picture Note: 42 (3 in 1) used for illustration. A - Blade Brake Pivots (42 (3 in 1) only) B - Deck Idler Pivot •...

  • Page 36: Service Engine

    SERVICE ENGINE The following John Deere oils are preferred: • TURF-GARD® • PLUS-4® Other oils may be used if above John Deere oils are not available, provided they meet the following specification: • API Service Classification SG or higher Checking Engine Oil Level...

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    Picture Note: Model 17.542 used for photo purposes. 4. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe with clean cloth. 5. Install dipstick. • Briggs and Stratton Engines: Install and tighten dipstick. • Kohler Engines: Install dipstick in tube, but do not tighten it. Let dipstick threads rest on top of tube, turn cap counterclockwise until it “clicks”...

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    11.Start and run engine at idle to check for leaks. Stop engine. Fix any leaks before operating. 12.Check oil level, add oil if necessary. Cleaning Air Intake Screen and Engine Fins IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! The engine is air- cooled and requires a large amount of air intake when running.

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    element (D) in the air cleaner housing. b. Wash precleaner in a solution of warm water and liquid detergent. Do not use oil. c. Rinse precleaner thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water in a dry cloth until precleaner is completely dry. 7.

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    Checking and Cleaning Air Cleaner Elements (Models 2048 and 2548) 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Touching hot surfaces can burn skin. The engine and components will be hot if the engine has been running. Allow the engine to cool before servicing.

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    If engine is operated at altitudes above 1829 m (6,000 ft), some carburetors may require a special high altitude main jet. See your John Deere dealer. If engine is hard to start or runs rough, check the troubleshooting section of this manual.

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    Picture Note: Model 17.542 used for photo purposes. 5. Slide hose clamps (A) away from fuel filter (B) using a pliers. 6. Disconnect hoses from filter. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Incorrect installation of fuel filter may cause engine damage. Install the filter with the arrow pointing in the direction of fuel flow for proper operation.

  • Page 43: Service Transmission

    SERVICE TRANSMISSION Service Transmission Checking Transmission The transmission is a sealed component. No maintenance is required on this transmission. If you suspect any transmission problems, please contact your Authorized Service Center. Service Transmission - 39...

  • Page 44: Service Mower

    Service Mower Installing or Removing Mower Drive Belt at Engine Drive Sheave (48 (3-in-1) Only) NOTE: This procedure is for easy installing and removing. 1. Put lift lever in lowest position. 2. Put a 15mm closed wrench or a socket on the idler sheave nut (A), move idler sheave toward front of tractor and hold to release belt tension.

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    5. Remove spring locking pins and washers (F) and disconnect rear draft arms (G), two on each side. Picture Note: 42 (3 in 1) shown. 6. Remove spring locking pin and washer (H) and front draft rod (I) from mower deck bracket (J). 7.

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    IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent clutch damage, make sure front draft rod is installed correctly. Secure rod with washer and spring locking pin on the left side of mower deck bracket. Picture Note: 42 (3 in 1) used for photo purposes. 7.

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    Replacing Mower Drive Belt (42 (3 in 1)) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Before adjusting or servicing mower: • Disconnect spark plug wire(s) to prevent engine from starting accidently. • Always wear gloves when handling mower blades or working near blades. 1.

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    shields (D). b. Loosen sheaves (E) and (F). c. Remove mower belt. 4. Inspect belt for wear or damage; replace as necessary. 5. Clean top surface of mower deck and sheaves. 6. Install belt on mower deck as shown. Make sure belt is in the groove of each sheave.

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    rod in correct direction to set brake at proper distance from pulley. 6. Adjust both brakes. 7. Install left belt shield. 8. Install mower deck. Checking for Bent Mower Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Mower blades are sharp. Always wear gloves when handling mower blades or working near blades.

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    Sharpening Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Mower blades are dangerous! • Always wear gloves while working on blades. • Always wear safety eye protection when grinding. • Sharpen blades with grinder, hand file, or electric blade sharpener. • Keep original bevel (A) when grinding. •...

  • Page 51: Service Electrical

    Service Electrical WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead components, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. Service the Battery Safely CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas.

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    Using Booster Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery may explode: • Do not attempt to jump start a frozen battery. Warm to 16 degrees C (60 degrees F). • Do not smoke near battery. •...

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    SERVICE ELECTRICAL MX7686 3. Pull defective fuse (A) out of socket. 4. Check metal clip in fuse window and discard fuse if clip is broken. 5. Push new 20 amp fuse into socket. 6. Lower hood. Service Electrical - 49...

  • Page 54: Service Miscellaneous

    Service Miscellaneous Filling Fuel Tank Use regular grade 87 octane unleaded fuel. Add John Deere fuel stabilizer to fuel before using it in your machine to prevent engine damage due to stale fuel. Follow directions on stabilizer container. CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable: •...

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    1. Clean area to be repaired with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. 2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available from your John Deere dealer to fill scratches. Follow directions included on paint stick for use and for drying. 3. Smooth out surface using an automotive polishing compound.

  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    If you are experiencing a problem that is not listed in this chart, see your John Deere distributor for service. When you have checked all the possible causes listed and you are still experiencing the problem, see your John Deere distributor. Engine...

  • Page 57: Troubleshooting

    Engine Vapor Locks Engine Overheats Engine Will Not Idle Engine Knocks Engine Stops Or Misses When Operating On Hillsides Engine Backfires Engine Loses Power Excessive Fuel Consumption Black Exhaust Smoke Engine Stops When REVERSE Foot Pedal Is Depressed And Attachment Is Engaged (Hydrostatic) Engine Stops When Gear Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position and Attachment Is...

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    PTO is engaged. Battery terminals are corroded. Battery not charged. Blown fuse. Fusible Link in starting circuit is blown - See your John Deere Dealer Dead cell in the battery. Battery cables and terminals are dirty. Low engine speed or excessive idling.

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    Patches Of Grass Uncut Belt Slipping Too Much Vibration Blades Scalping Grass Mower Loads Down Tractor Uneven Cut Mower (Or Other Attachment) Stops When Reverse Foot Pedal Is Depressed And Attachment Is Engaged (Hydrostatic) Mower (Or Other Attachment) Stops When Gear Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position And Attachment Is Engaged (Gear) TROUBLESHOOTING...

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    Storage Storing Safety CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable. Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death: • Run the engine only long enough to move the machine to or from storage. •...

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    STORAGE 5. Check spark plug gap. Install and tighten plugs to specified torque. 6. Lubricate all grease points. 7. Run the engine 5 minutes without the mower or any attachments running to allow oil to be distributed throughout engine. 8. Be sure all shields and guards or deflectors are in place. Storage - 57...

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    Assembly Charge and Connect Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery may explode: • Do not smoke near battery. • Wear eye protection and gloves. • Do not allow direct metal contact across battery posts.

  • Page 63: Assembly

    ASSEMBLY tests. (See Testing Safety System in the OPERATING section.) Break-In Electric PTO Clutch (Models 2048 and 2548 Only) 1. Start engine and move tractor to flat level surface. MX10501 2. Push throttle lever (A) up to full throttle position. 3.

  • Page 64: Specifications

    Specifications Gear Model L1742 Engine Manufacturer ............. . . Briggs & Stratton Horsepower .

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    SPECIFICATIONS Spark Plug-Gap ..............1 mm (0.040 in.) Cylinders .

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    SPECIFICATIONS Tire Pressure (Front) ..............97 kPa (14 psi) Tire Pressure (Rear) .

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    Scotts Brand Products Manufactured by John Deere. Under these warranties, John Deere will repair or replace, at its option, any part covered under these warranties which is found to be defective in material or workmanship during the applicable...

  • Page 68: Warranty

    2) IN ANY OTHER APPLICATION Each warranty term begins on the date of product sale to the purchaser. C. WHAT IS NOT WARRANTED - JOHN DEERE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING: (1) Used products; (2) Any product that has been altered or modified in ways not approved by John Deere;...

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    John Deere recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your small off-road equipment engine, but John Deere cannot deny warranty solely for lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all scheduled maintenance.

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    Consumer Equipment Retailer, or service calls made by the Retailer. Limited Liability a) The liability of John Deere under this Emission Control System Warranty is limited solely to the remedying of defects in materials or workmanship. This warranty does...

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    The selling dealer makes no warranty of it’s own and the dealer has no authority to make any representation or promise on behalf of John Deere, or to modify the terms or limitations of this warranty in any way. PRO RATA MONTHS OF ADJUSTMENT NOTE: If your battery is not labeled with a warranty code, it is a warranty code “B”.

  • Page 72: Index

    Index Accessories, Miscellaneous ... 11 Air Cleaner Elements (Model 1642), Checking and Cleaning ... 34 Air Cleaner Elements (Model 17.542), Checking and Clean- ing ... 35 Air Cleaner Elements (Models 2048 and 2548), Checking and Cleaning ... 36 Axle Pivot, Lubricating Front ... 30 Balancing Blades ...

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    Mower Blades, Servicing ... 45 Mower Deck 42 (3 in 1), Specifications ... 63 Mower Deck 48 (3 in1), Specifications ... 63 Mower Deck Lift Linkage Lubrication ... 31 Mower Deck Wheels, Adjusting ... 12 Mower Deck, Installing ... 41 Mower Deck, Removing ...

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    NOTES Notes Notes...

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    Call the John Deere Customer Communications Center A. Your John Deere dealer is the most efficient source in addressing any concern, but if you are not able to resolve your problem after checking your operator’s manual and contacting your dealer, call the Customer Communications Center.

  • Page 76: Service Record

    Service Record Record Service Dates Oil Change SERVICE RECORD Oil Filter Lubricate Air Cleaner Change Machine Element Check/Clean Service Record - 72 Fuel Filter Change...

This manual also for:

L2548, L2048, L17.542

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