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  1. #11
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    JD 175 Hydro

    Default Re: Picked up this little JD 175 Hydro today... some questions

    I too have a 175 hydro and it has been a great little lawn tractor. I mow about an acre with mine. The Fram equivalent oil filter is PH4967, about $4-5 at Walmart. NAPA should be able to cross the Fram number.

  2. #12
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Kansas City
    JD 4400

    Default Re: Picked up this little JD 175 Hydro today... some questions

    Wix Filters calls for a 51394 for the Kawa FC420V engine. To convert Wix to NAPA filters, drop the leading "5". Look for a NAPA 1394.

  3. #13
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Windber, PA
    ALL J-D's: 955, X595, 6x4 Diesel Gator, CX Compact Gator, 310D Loader/Backhoe (4x4, turbo, extend-a-hoe)

    Default Re: Picked up this little JD 175 Hydro today... some questions

    Look for a NAPA 1394.
    Or Purolator L14476.

    Nothing against WIX/NAPA, it's just nice to have options...

    "live so the preacher doesn't have to tell lies at your funeral"

    955, X595, CX Compact Gator, 6x4 Diesel Gator,
    310D Loader/Backhoe (All J-D's)

  4. #14
    New Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Victoria Texas
    175 Hydro 38" deck

    Default Re: Picked up this little JD 175 Hydro today... some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Runner View Post
    Dieselfuelonly -

    Great looking machine you have there. I have had a 185 for almost 20 years with no mechanical problems. Here is what the manual says regarding your questions:

    First, the lights. On the left is oil pressure and on the right is battery.

    Don't know about the NAPA filter, have always run the JD filters.

    For oils it says "John Deere PLUS-4" recommended. Other oils may be used if they meet API Service Classification SF or SE. Goes on to say, 5W30 between -31 to +50 degrees, SAE 10W -4 to +50, SAE 10W30 -4 to +86, 10W40 -4 to +104, SAE 30 +32 to +122.

    Transmission uses SAE 30 engine oil with API Classification of SE, CC or CD. Also, it says "IMPORTANT: To preven contamination in hydraulic system, DO NOT drain or change hydrostatic transmission fluid."

    To check the tranny oil on the 175, it says to park on level surface and remove the tranny oil cap (under the seat). The level should be just above the screen in the bottom of the reservoir, or, 5.5 inches from the top of the reservoir fill tube. If oil level is low, add just enough to bring the oil level to just above the screen.

    Differential should be checked to the level of the plug on the back of the diff. It uses SAE 90 gear oil.

    I have had one electrical issue so far related to the brake pedal/starter interlock switch. This keeps the tractor from starting unless the brake pedal is pushed down. If it is bad, the tractor will do nothing when you turn the key (except the dash lights will come on). The interlock is located behind the plastic valence panel below the dash, on the left hand side. On mine, the problem was just corrosion on the spade terminals. I cleaned them up and it was working fine again.

    Best of luck with your tractor and I wish you many happy hours of mowing.

    Oh, by the way, don't forget to grease the mower spindles.

    Great detailed info.
    I just bought a used 175 Hydro For a whopping $100 of course no owners manual came with it and I have some questions on how to set/adjust the mower deck. I installed new belts ans noticed several adjustment points.
    The engine runs great. i put a new battery and freash gas and it cranked right up.
    I havent mowed yet but getting there. So million dollar question How do I get my hands on a owners manual?

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