Use the John Deere Home Maintenance Kit for lawn mowers instead of buying everything by the piece
Regular lawn mower maintenance is important to keep your mower running optimally for the long term. However, with over a hundred John Deere mower models, finding the right parts can be daunting. That’s why John Deere has developed a home service kit. John Deere Home Service Kits include all the parts you need for your mower model so you can service your mower quickly and easily.
For lawn mower and lawn tractor owners, there’s an option to purchase complete John Deere lawn maintenance kits all at once.
John Deere self-service kits, everything you need in one package, usually include:
- 2 liters of oil
- 1 oil filter
- 1 air filter
- 1 fuel filter
- air cleaner
- spark plugs
This eliminates the need to search for all consumables individually, you can simply order the complete Johnd Deere Kit
How do I find the right John Deere Lawn Mower Home Service Kit?
To find the right mower kit, you need to know the model number. And preferably the serial number and engine number of your lawn mower, because the same model has different equipment and engines for different markets in the world, for example a lawn mower bought in California will be different from a model imported into Australia.
You may only need this number, but some home service kits will vary by serial number and engine number. Just in case, write down or take a picture of all three numbers
The model number can be found on the product ID tag. At zero RPM, the PIN tag is directly above the engine on the frame or under the engine. If you are driving a lawn mower, look behind the right front or rear left wheel. The serial number will be underlined at the end of the PIN. The engine number is listed directly on the mower engine.
Installing the John Deere Lawnmower Home Service Kit
Servicing your lawn mower takes no more than 30 minutes if you have all the tools you need. which include:
Most John Deere mowers come with convenient, tool-free parts, but you’ll still need a few tools and attachments to get the job done.
And so let’s get started, have a :
A container to drain the oil, a utility basin is best, or a tray with high walls
- A chain wrench for the oil filter, (although they say in the manual that the filter can be screwed by hand)
- Rags or towels (to clean up oil leaks).
- Funnel (not required but very useful when adding oil)
- Spigot wrench for spark plugs
- Spark plug gap gauge
Changing oil and oil filter
- If you are not using Easy Change filters, you will need to drain the old oil from the engine. Pre-start the engine for a couple of minutes to warm up the oil. 5-10 minutes is enough, to a temperature of 35-40 degrees C. Warm oil will flow better and speed up the process.
- Place a container or basin under the drain plug and remove the plug. The drain plug should be located near the rear of the engine over the mower deck on self-propelled mowers or near the front of the engine behind the tires at zero speed. Loosen the dipstick to increase oil flow.
- When the oil has drained, remove the old oil filter by hand or with a filter wrench if it is too tight. Make sure the gasket comes off with the oil filter.
- Lubricate the new filter gasket with oil and install it. Tighten it by hand and then turn it another quarter turn. The filter will tighten over time, so be careful not to overtighten it.
- Close the drain plug.
- Check your manual to see how much oil the lawnmower holds. Fill it about half a liter below the required amount so it doesn’t overfill. For example, if it holds 2 liters, add 1.5 liters. Check the dipstick and add more as needed. Continue to add and check the dipstick until it is full.
- After returning the dipstick, run the engine for a couple of minutes and check for leaks.
- Use a rag to remove any oil leaks, near the drain hole and near the filter.
Replacing the fuel filter
- Locate the fuel filter. It should be on the side of the engine.
- Use a pair of pliers to remove the clamps from the filter and remove the hoses. Make sure you remember which direction it moved so you can put the new one on correctly.
- Install the new filter and put the clamps back in place.
- Start the engine for a couple of minutes and check for leaks.
Spark Plug Replacement
If your lawnmower is equipped with a V-Twin engine, your home service kit will come with two spark plugs, otherwise you will only need one.
- Find the spark plugs. On your lawnmower, they are on the side of the front of the engine. On zero turns, they will be on the side of the back of the engine.
- Remove the spark plug wire.
- Remove the spark plug with a tubular spark plug wrench.
- Set the spark plug gap to the recommended size listed in your equipment owner’s manual.
- Replace the spark plug. Once it begins to tighten, tighten it about a quarter turn more. Be careful not to squeeze the spark plug, if it gets too tight, the cylinder block head may burst, resulting in a costly repair.
- Reinstall the spark plug wire.
Air filter replacement
Your home service kit may or may not come with a foam pre-cleaner, it all depends on your model. If it does, go ahead and place the pre-cleaner on the air filter before starting.
Sweep the debris off the air intake screen.
Locate the air filter. The air filter compartment will be on the top or side of the engine.
Remove the cover and remove the old filter. It may have an air line spigot attached to it, also the nuts holding it in place.
Install the new filter and replace the cover.
Here are some of the John Deere Kits for garden tractors, for example:
LG272 Maintenance kit for John Deere garden equipment
Lawn Equipment Maintenance Kit. Includes:
- MIU 11286 air filter element
- LG 273638S air filter element for pre-cleaning
- AM 125424 engine oil filter
- AM 116304 fuel filter
- TY 22029 10W30 engine oil
- MIU 11020 spark plug
- oil change sticker
Fits following machines:
Garden tractor: 102, 105, 107, 108, 115, D105, D110, D120, D130, D140, E100 , LA100, LA105, LA110, LA115, LA125, S100, S110 , X106, X107, X110, X116, X117, X120, X125, X126, X145, X155, X165
SABRE garden tractor: 1338G, 1538H, 1546G, 1638HS, 1646H, 1338GS, 1538HX, 1546GS, 1646HS, 1438GS, 1438HS, 1542GS, 1642H
As you can see from the kit, the price of a home garden tractor maintenance kit is 15-20 percent lower than having to buy everything individually.