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    Silver Member garth466's Avatar
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    Default 50 hour service

    How big a deal is it to get this right at the 50 hour mark? I just turned 50 and I may have another 15-20 hours before I'll be able to get it in. Do bad things happen say at 70 hours?

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    I think you will be OK for another 20 hrs...
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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    I am waiting on delivery of a 2520. What exactly is done on the 50 hour service?

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    I know the oil gets changed, which I guess I could do. Other than that, I think it is all spelled out under the hood. I kind of wanted to have the dealer do it for documentation and so I can watch everything they do (check, tighten, grease...). Maybe documenting the 50 hour at 70 isn't so good. It just seems very early to change the oil. Last I looked at it, it wasn't even that dark.

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    Silver Member garth466's Avatar
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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    I just called and they have time to do it in the morning and I can watch, so what the hay. The more I though about how much I will be using it in the next few months, the more it started to seem like it was going to have 150 hours for the 50 hour service. Better safe than sorry.

    It still seems awfully early to have to change the oil.

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    garth466

    Just changing the "break-in" oil and hydrostatic trans fluid at 50 hours. I was pretty surprised at all the metal filings that were sticking to the magnets in the trans fluid. After that it is every 200 hours for my 2320. Pretty easy to do yourself just take John Deere's fluid capacities with a grain of salt and approach the full mark slowly.
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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    Does everyone switch to the low viscosity hydro oil after the first change?

    According to the manual, it comes with the regular viscosity oil, but none of the dealers around here seem to carry it.

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    Quote Originally Posted by EdC
    garth466

    Just changing the "break-in" oil and hydrostatic trans fluid at 50 hours. I was pretty surprised at all the metal filings that were sticking to the magnets in the trans fluid. After that it is every 200 hours for my 2320. Pretty easy to do yourself just take John Deere's fluid capacities with a grain of salt and approach the full mark slowly.
    That is why it is initially changed early, the break-in metal.I wouldn't let it go too long...

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    Quote Originally Posted by garth466
    I know the oil gets changed, which I guess I could do. Other than that, I think it is all spelled out under the hood. I kind of wanted to have the dealer do it for documentation and so I can watch everything they do (check, tighten, grease...). Maybe documenting the 50 hour at 70 isn't so good. It just seems very early to change the oil. Last I looked at it, it wasn't even that dark.
    Garth,

    Check out this post: http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/j...r-service.html

    If the service hasn't already been done, I suggest you look closely at what comes out of the front axle.

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    Default Re: 50 hour service

    Nice link with pictures Killer B! Looks like chips from machining something, not metal fragments indicating something wrong. But nobody wants to find that stuff in their oil.Let us know what you find in the next oil change.A magnet on the filler plugs sound like a good idea.

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