John Deere 1025R

If your John Deere compact utility tractor is not performing properly, following these tips may save you a costly trip to the mechanic.

While taking your tractor to a qualified mechanic is sometimes unavoidable, that isn’t always the case. John Deere has put together a checklist for its Compact Utility Tractor owners who can’t get their tractors to start.

1000 or 2000 Series

Check to see if:
• (1000 Series) The two-speed range lever is in the correct position.
• (2000 Series) The transmission range shift lever is in the proper position.
• The PTO/RIO switch is disengaged.
• The engine throttle lever is pushed forward.
• The fuel shut-off valve is closed or “off.” If so, open it.

Still no luck? Then check to see if:

• The fuel is the right kind or if there’s enough in the tank. If it’s stale, remove it and add fresh fuel along with John Deere Fuel-Protect Fuel Conditioner.
• The engine oil is the right viscosity. For example, multi-viscosity oil provides easier cold-weather starting.
• You may have forgotten to use the cold start system (i.e., glow plugs or ether starting fluid). It could also be malfunctioning.
• Critical filters are plugged up like the fuel or air intake filters. If plugged, replace.
• A fuel solenoid has failed. Test it using a voltmeter.

3E Series, 3×20 and 4×20 Series

Check to see if:
• The engine oil is the right viscosity. For example, multi-viscosity oil provides easier cold-weather starting.
• The engine hand throttle lever is pushed forward.
• You remembered to use the cold start system (i.e., glow plugs or ether starting fluid). It could also be malfunctioning.
• The fuel you’re using is the right type and if there’s enough in the tank. If it’s stale, remove it and add fresh fuel along with John Deere Fuel-Protect Fuel Conditioner.
• Critical filters are plugged up like the fuel or air intake filters. If plugged, replace.
• A fuel solenoid may have failed. Test it using a voltmeter.

Hopefully by now you’ve identified the culprit, your tractor is running and you’ve saved yourself a costly trip to the mechanic. For more information on tractor trouble-shooting, call your dealer or go to: www.jdsearch.deere.com.

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