Everybody says you can’t change the fluid in a JD L111 but I did, only about a quart of fluid was in the transmission. It has always taken 30 to 35 rounds to crank if it sets for 1 week. It is a real Deere with a Kawasaki engine so I don’t want to hear any nonsense from JOHN or others saying that you get what you pay for. My JD started making a noise when the trans was engaged during the second season. My newest JD is a 2008 X300. Spread a SMALL amount of the glue around the end of the hose… wait a couple of minutes. the best thing i ever did, mowing time cut down to 1 hour. Check out your potential Cub Cadet very carefully before you pull your credit card. Been some good info here to relay to my neighbors. Please sign me up. now i can mow all day. Hook the kids and when they grow up that is the product they buy. I too have a JD L120 which is 5yrs old. This thread has been incredibly informative. At those stores, product knowledge was minimal and pressure to sell was very high. I just wanted to thank all of you who took the time to share some of your challenges and frustrations concerning the lower end JD purchased from box stores. Bought from Lowes in 2010. 2- Increase the rpm’s by adjusting the speed lever cable coming from the dash board console, next to the choke lever. Once the kit arrived I excitedly rebuilt my transaxle and bragged to my wife that I was able to repair our JD LT160 and save a ton of money. Everything else is manufactured by someone else bought, assembled by John Deere. Well my new K66 is in and what a transformation,absolutly the best kit I have ever installed on any thing. One third of Americans do have the internet, cable or cell phones that may be a shock to some people. I felt like a king on my green machine after all my neighbor had bought a new cub cadet the year before and I thought I got the better machine, boy was I wrong! Note: Since I originally posted this review, demand for the K66 transaxles increased such that the surplus of 500 have been depleted. Considering buying a different brand, I completely lost the trust I had on John Deere Products. Today, a girl two houses down asked me where I bought my Deere, I said Home Depot, she WAS going to order/get the same tractor next week. Need help! Compared to buying a new tractor with the same capability as a K66 upgraded tractor, the kit is a real bargain. Next tighten the two nuts that hold the trunnion in the correct position. Was also looking to purchase a used blower for the winter. Today I mowed for the first time with my upgraded L120 and WOW! currently (10/5/09) there are less than ten on the list. of “Restore”, an additive for worn engines that is available at auto parts or Wal-Mart. On a side note , Tuff Torq , who makes the axle, recommends changing the transaxle fluid at 50 hours! And for years, Consumer Reports’ rigorous tests and brand-repair surveys have consistently borne that out for the company’s lawn tractors, which have been tops in CR’s performance Ratings and reviews and in our annual reliability surveys. Just this year I noticed the slow back up and now it wont go up the steeper slopes in my yard. In 2011 the cutting deck welds broke causing the deck to crack and a deck wheel to brake off completely. Ha ha. and I’m also running a snow blower on a rather steep driveway. Past warranty, so stuck with a lemon, basically. i have a 425 jd love it so i bought my wife a la50 john deere thinking she would not have any problems. And thanks for the reference site also. I too have the same problem with my JD L120. Troubleshooting a John Deere mower deck can isolate, and diagnose, an existing problem. Add me to the list. Then … “That’s All Folks!”. I am going to try and find a dealer that will sell me the k66 tranny and wheels. SNOW BLOWER: 44″ 2 STAGE S/N: M044SBH030499 M/N: MX37425, I too have been a “victim” of John Deere’s shenanigans. Hold the Fulcrum Shaft with a (8 mm) wrench, and tighten the (17 mm) Lock Nut. If your tractor is old like mine then you’ll end up replacing other items soon. I am have problem pulling 25%hill only 1/3 of lawn. Not just hilly, but a 60 foot drop from the back of my 2 acres to the front of my two acres. I just learned today that Tuff Torq will build us a limited number of new K66’r! Im a little behind, but i just saw this article. 2013 John Deere X300 Stock Number 555 Drive Type 2wd Fuel Type gas Horse Power 17 Horse Power (PTO) 15 Hours 555 Transmission hydrostatic Width 38 Description John Deere X300 with kawasaki engine. I’ve got an LA130 that is about 5 years old that only has 124 hours on it and it appears the transaxle is shot. What a piece of junk I have. When the brackets are in-hand, we will start shipping again in the order we have paid orders. I am totally against whatever john deere has out on the market.I bought this l130 thinking it would be the last time that i would have to buy a mower. Is your upgrade kit only for JD products or is there a K66 upgrade for my 2004 Craftsman available? In cars, even a 10 year, 100,000 mile drive train warranty is becoming standard. At the current rate of sales, we expect to sell the last kit not later than the end of the month. I’m not sure if it’s the entire tractor that’s been upgraded, or the transmission, but I can tell you this… That k66 transaxle is still kicking butt and no change in performance! ;). I’ll keep you informed on the testing. Wed. The kit from Roger arrived last Wednesday and I did the install yesterday. O.K., O.K., O.K., I’ve read all I care to read about the poor service from the JD “L” line of Lawn Tractors. I too have a K46 Transaxle on a John Deere 155 C. It stopped going uphill, To be honest I have quite the hill behind my house, but I was told when I bought it “It was no problem”. I also bought a LA175. I need a new car, not another JD junk mower. I’ve changed spark plugs, fuel filter, and breather but nothing helps. It is a kit designed to bring your tractor up to a level of preformance greater than it ever was originally. Took my machine about 4 or 5 back-and-forth pedal pushes before it was completely quiet. I’m sure I will not spend the dollars for a new John Deere with this same type transmission. I guess I was one of the lucky ones, because I got over 400 hours before mine went. Can’t believe how poorly engineered the John Deere equipment currently is! Price not yet determined, but is looking to be less than I originally thought. I sure there are more that I missed. I’m all for capitalism, but I do not like being taken advantage of. What tranny should I get and how much are they? I mowed a little more this morning just to be doing it. I bought my John Deere LA135 Limited Edition lawn tractor in 2010. it’s too darn heavy to push around. I have a JD L130 and it would quit pulling after about 15 or 20 minutes. Transmission began to be a problem and the engine would not start when warm after I got it back. Probably a replacement filter would also cost umpteen-billion bucks! They engineered, manufactured and sold a substandard part. Soon you will have several choices for virtually all tractor models: 1) K66 Upgrade, which will be the right choice for most people. If this is true, doesn’t it seem strange that the tractor all of a sudden it won’t go? 1- Removing the caked on dirt and dust that accumulates on the cooling fins of the transmission.This allows the cooling fan to do it’s job. In 2008 I had my second one done, this time it cost me $350, and JD said this is it, buy a bigger tractor. I will never buy John Deere again it is nothing but JUNK for a lot of money. In my opinion the only options are buy a new $5,000-$6000 garden tractor or spend the $1,100 on the up grade kit. I’m wondering if that is why I’ve never had a transmission problem and if some of these transmission problems are due to operating without full throttle. It has 209 hrs. Now the problem is keeping my wife oof the mower. on it. Since, I’ve been researching the issues and found my way to the same conclusion as you. Have been following this for the last few days. Is it all my fault for not asking the right questions or should I expect someone selling me a product to ask ME the questions I need to be asked to get the right product for the right job? I too would not recommend John Deere to anyone after my experience; my neighbor has a Kubota that he swears by. For those that keep saying I shoulda bought a better mower, hindsight is 20/20. I live in a sub that is flat on a 1/4 acre are you kidding me? I know how you feel … I went through the same choices with my own L130. I checked over the install and all look correct, tension on the belt was fine, fairly new belt (new belt last year on the L120) I noticed that the brake control had very little movement in either direction. I have a Saber by John Deere that is starting to have problems going up hill. John Deere should be held responsible at some point for this deceptive effort to make money, but who has the cash- a bunch of potential class-action lawsuit plaintiffs or a billion dollar corporation? Fill trans with 2 qts. Our K66 Upgrade Kits are starting to fly out the door. I wish all people we deal with were as concerned as Roger. I hadn’t intended to spend 1200 bucks, but JDs last forever right? cause i love my jd L110 and it has always been my back up, most dependable mower to get me out of a bind while running commercial zero turns that seem to break. I called him a few times to ask questions and each time, he was there for me. :-), It’s transmission (the 265) was a tough beast, nice hyrdostatic – (if you pulled off the gear lever opening plastic bit, it went way faster.). This mower has serious design flaws with the front axel and transmission. When you removed that ‘breather’ plug, is that where you remove and replace the fluid? In 2006 I spent over $2000 for an L120 John Deere. I fully agree with Ken’s closing statement . I have around 400 hours on mine and until now I have only been doing basic maintenance without any problems. Glad to hear I’m not alone with the Blind Faith I placed in John Deere when I bought a G-100 that delivered less that 300 hours of service. Given my druthers I would schedule this project for over the winter but I guess I could hire a lawn service for a couple weeks and do it now. I also purchased the snow blade and mulcher retrofit. I then very carefully removed all the bolts and opened it up. I’ve seen a lot of complaints about the L130. She is 91 years old and needs help and advice for managing the work. I had read, from within the “Operator’s Manual, that the transmission was a “SEALED UNIT !” It stood there for 2 days, the trans lube leaked out,,, from where, I haven’t found ! Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience. It’s really bad now and will need to be repainted. I’ve had it out twice and still a no go. That is a flat out lie, I know better, I’m a disabled person with breathing trouble and I will never buy another john deere! Match up the oil can with the tubing. Replaced the belt, didn’t make a difference. LOL. I love the tractor now that is has a new transmission (not from John Deere), but riding around in this power house leaving people with the impression that it’s a John Deere is wrong :). Commenting on Barry’s question about whether or not John Deere is reading these comments – I sent a personal letter (not an email) to the President of John Deere outlining my disappointment with the product. Used, didn’t know that transmition was messed up, can’t return because it was used when I bought , motor still good , but no way I’m going to spend $600 or more on new transaxle , When I’ve already paid 550 for it. I now own a JD X540 and am very pleased with it but still have my 2554 and know not what to do with it. The K46 transmission on the X300 is Junk. I must be included with all the above …..I have have a 2006, 155c Automatic. Thanks for nothing. Don’t wait … less than thirty left. I cannot give you a positive answer about that issue right now, but I am about 98% sure it will work just fine in most, if not all, of the JD Lxxx; LAxxx; LTxxx and Xxxx tractors. No thanks. I also, at friends suggestion, removed the spark plug wires from the spark plugs. If I hadn’t spent so time and money on the engine I would be tempted to junk the whole thing. I paid about two and a half times the price for the John Deere and thought I was getting a premium product. 8/19/2014 UPDATE: CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, SIGN THE PETITION. Buyer beware. Now it cuts almost 2 acres and couldn’t do it. I replaced the oil with JD’s hydraulic oil and used the heavier grade. They can build a good transaxle, but intentionally built this poor quality K46. I bought a John Deere cuz I thought the JD was the best,,,well,,,After this transmission problem and see this is normal after 300 Hrs. Let me know if you proceed with the class action. I finished up my conversion last night too and mowed my lawn and am also very happy. I would think the loose belt might be a problem but am not sure how this transmission work with the motor. Insert end of hose into the vent-plug hole and make note of its routing to top frame of machine behind gas tank… mark with magic marker. Now taking reservations. motor seems to be fine starts without issue. I have the same problem on my JD LA145 with the Tuff Torq transmission. I have about 200 hours on the tractor but the K46 has been going bad for some time, maybe around 150 hours. Less than 40 kits (K66’s) left! any questions i would be willing to help, just send me an email jgray6532@dishmail.net, I think i going to sell it and buy a new x 320 or something from kubota. Engine and everything else are in like new shape. Bye JD ! Like you discovered, it usually isn’t the belt. What a piece of junk. I, too, have the same transmission problem you all are describing with my LA120. Joe: ABSOLUTELY! Thanks! I really appreciate the input. Next, they find the parts that will meet that price. Since your tractor has a MANUAL PTO, be sure to check that part out. I will look into the upgrade you talk about thanks for the help and add me if still possible. I have had my Junk Deere in the garage broke down for almost 2 years now hoping something affordable would come out to fix the problem but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. ….tonight is my “test run” and I bet it won’t be much of an improvement! Had no idea of all the happenings with the supply and demand. legal that they were not going to do anything. To me it makes sense that the clutch is worn therefore slippage happens to the point where it will not engage. (Still selected the 38 inch cut for our home landscaping pathways etc. I have no interest in upgrading my John Deere Transmission but would like to replace the clutch if possible. My yard is not very hilly about 1/3 acre. They must really have their collective heads in the sand if they think no one reads the different forums that are available to those that have computers and nowadays who doesn’t have internet access. Needless to say, if you want a kit, take a hard look at the current one’s on eBay. In addition, you will have a fully serviceable transaxle built to automotive standards. ……42″ lightning sno-blower, in the winter. The K47 & K57 transaxles are pretty much identical, with 3/4″ axles. As most others here I bough John Deere because it is “AMERICAN made” and the “best on the market”… BOY WAS I WRONG !!!!! Thanks for the help. > It is likely any “model specific” attachments, such as snow equipment will also need to be replaced. Lastly, whatever happen regarding the lawsuit. Unfortunately, there is no service manual available with instructions on assembly of the components, so I worked from the exploded parts diagram on the Tuff Torq website, along with much help from Derrick, who never ran out of patience with my numerous questions. What we found suggests that Deere is taking some smart steps to address the problems and prevent them from reoccurring. The upgrade kit I purchased comes with a brand new Tuff Torq K66 Hydrostatic transmission, bigger back wheels (which you need), all the parts and a very easy to understand color manual. We thought the “K66 Upgrade” business was over when the surplus transaxles were all gone, however there was still a very strong demand for Upgrades because of all the failed K46’s. Thanks. John Deere K66 Upgrade Kits. the washers are less than a dollar. Now off to make the decision of spending more money on my LA 150 which may only cause the next weakest link/part to fail or shell out serious case for a new “Garden Tractor” vs. It’s too nice of a mower to junk and I will not spend $500-$800 for a new K46 transmission or a K61 or K66 for $1,000 plus. I’m with you all! I hear you Jens! Nope that wasn’t it. Does anyone know why the filter turned “foggy” and “blind” after washing it with gas? 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