You may love your John Deere Gator, but it’s important to remember that maintenance is critical to ensuring that it’s around for years to come. Oil changes should be performed on a routine basis, and there are a few tips and tricks you can take into consideration to ensure that you’re doing it right. Let’s take a look at the steps required for a John Deere Gator oil change.
- Gather the materials you need to change the oil: a new oil filter, new engine oil, a drain pan, a funnel, an oil filter wrench, and clean shop towels. Refer to your operator’s manual for the oil weight and amount necessary before you begin.
- Run the engine of your Gator to warm the oil. Park the machine safely on a level surface and allow the engine to cool.
- Lower any attachments on the ground and fully engage the parking brake. Raise and secure the cargo box.
- Remove the key, and then disconnect the battery.
- Begin draining the oil by removing the oil fill cap from the filler opening. Position a drain pan under the engine pan drain hole and the oil filler drain hole in the frame.
- Remove the drain plug and drain the oil into the pan, allowing it to drain out completely.
- Remove the oil filter. On XUV865 machines, the best access point is from the passenger side of the Gator, between the tire and the wheel well.
- Wipe around the oil filter to remove debris. If necessary, use the oil filter wrench to twist the oil filter counter-clockwise to loosen it.
- Drain any residual oil from the filter into the drain pan.
- Write the date and the machine engine hours on the filter, and then allow it to dry.
- Apply a layer of clean engine oil on the gasket of the new filter.
- To install the new filter, turn clockwise until the gasket contacts the filter base.
- After the filter is in place, give it another one-half turn to create a solid seal – while doing this, operators should be careful not to over-tighten the filter.
- Install the drain plug and tighten to specifications outlined in your operator’s manual.
- Use the funnel to add oil. Fill the oil to the recommended level, as outlined in the “Specifications” section of your operator’s manual.
- Check the oil level, and then clean around the dipstick to remove debris.
- Verify that the oil level is between the “ADD” and “FULL” marks.
- Reconnect the battery of your Gator, and then start the engine. Allow it to run and idle, checking for any leaks.
If you have any questions about these John Deere Gator oil change steps, you can contact your local John Deere dealer.