John Deere Oil Filter Maintenance

It is important to remember to change the oil in your John Deere machine.  You will first have to change it after the first 8 hours of use, and after that it will need to be changed once a year.

Before performing any maintenance on your John Deere, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your tractor model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model.

You will need an oil filter wrench, oil drain pan, a funnel, shop towels, new oil and a new oil filter.  Check your owner’s manual to make sure you have the correct filter and oil.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • run engine for a minute or two to warm up oil
  • park on a level, solid service
  • put the drain pan under oil plug
  • begin draining (be careful, the oil may be hot)
  • loosen dipstick to increase oil flow
  • once oil has drained, close drain plug and move drain pan to under the oil filter
  • remove filter by turning counter clockwise
  • drain oil and dispose of it properly (check with recycling officials)
  • install new filter
  • clean dirt and spills around the oil filter with a clean shop towel
  • place a bit of clean oil on new filter’s rubber gasket
  • attach filter and tighten
  • add new oil to your engine
  • secure dipstick and oil fill cap
  • run the engine to pump oil into the filter
  • check for leaks before checking the oil level
  • always check oil level before mowing