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post #1 of 10 Old 09-23-2011, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

After 280 hours, I'm finally getting around to installing a new fuel filter on the 445. Dealer where I bought the filter said it's located under the floorboard, next to the frame. I groped around a few times, and haven't found it yet. Murky picture and "explanation" in the owner's manual says to take off the right side engine cover to loosen the pressure-relief bolt, but I haven't found the filter (or the bolt) there either.

Have any other owners replaced theirs yet? Is there a quick (and easiest) way to do so? Do I have to remove the mower or rear wheel to get to (or at least, find) the filter? Or somehow turn the darn thing completely upside down? I'm rapidly approaching old geezerhood, and the knees don't bend well anymore.

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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

I changed mine a couple years ago, and had no problem at all. I may have removed the snap on side panel, I often did that during any maintenance, including oil and filter changes. The filter was easy to find, and easy to change. It is possible that JD relocated the filter at some point in the build cycle. My 445 was a 1996 model. Unfortunately, I no longer have the tractor or I'd hop out and take a quick picture for you. There are plenty 445 represented by members here, you should get a picture soon.

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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

When I bought my 445 used (a '94 model), I replaced all the fluids and filters except the fuel filter. The dealer told me it was such a pain to get to that they didn't recommend changing it as long as it ran OK. It's not like an oil filter that has a bypass if it gets plugged, it just quits running from the lack of fuel. I had it for 9 years and never did change it, always careful to keep the fuel clean though.

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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

I have a 425 and was going to tell you its easy, then I looked up the 445 diagram……

JD doesn’t even list a procedure in the tech manual for the 445 fuel filter, I’d guess take the seat pan off, unhook the fuel tank / remove it, and you “should” be able to see it on the inside of the frame rail.
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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

Thanx for the replies, guys. My 445's filter is not reachable or visible from the open right side panel. Since Johnny has always run like gang-busters (never spits or stalls, just goes zoom, gotta love fuel injection), my plan is to wait until I drop the mower deck this winter, then hoist the tractor's back end up in the air with a floor jack so I can get my fat gut under the thing. Removing/replacing the seat and floor panel is an option I hope to avoid, as it would surely take me the better part of a weekend.
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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

Judging from where mine is located, it is realy not that hrd to change. do not be worried about removing the rear fender pan it is not that hard, then the filter is right where it is easy to get to, plus you don't have to lay under the filter that will leak fuel when you disconnect it. good luck!

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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

Check out this thread that I started a few months back on the same topic. I did have to take the mower deck off, but once I did that I was able to get under my tractor and find the fuel filter quite easily. 30 minutes later and the new filter was installed and everything back together. I did not have to remove the the fender or anything else for that matter. I did have a bit of fuel that leaked out while swapping filters, but nothing much that a couple rags couldn't handle.
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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

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I have a 425 and was going to tell you its easy, then I looked up the 445 diagram……

JD doesn’t even list a procedure in the tech manual for the 445 fuel filter, I’d guess take the seat pan off, unhook the fuel tank / remove it, and you “should” be able to see it on the inside of the frame rail.
Seems odd JD placed the filter there on the 445.

The 425 is a breeze to change by removing the right side panel, why not locate it on the 445 in the same place?

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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

The 445 filter is a high-pressure filter and is a lot bigger than the 425 filter so it's back there.

Be sure to bleed the pressure off the system with via the release screw on the throttle body. Turn it open a couple turns so the pressure goes into the return line, then snug it back up. That will take the pressure off the system.
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Re: 445 Fuel Filter--Is There An Easy Way To Install?

Let the pressure out of the system. Pull the deck off the tractor. Get on a creeper and get under it and change out the filter. Its right on the inside of the frame. Its way easier to drop the deck than pull the fender pan unless you have someone to help lift the fender pan off and on.


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