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post #1 of 78 Old 09-11-2014, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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2007 x540 w/ 54 inch deck, 368 hours

Today I came home with the above item. Problems observed:

1. Engine surges both at idle and high throttle. Original owner said it didn't do that before his mechanic replaced the float "because the carb had a pin-hole in it". Also at idle down the engine will die.

2. Both front headlights and rubber grass flapper thingy were removed and subsequently lost in a garage fire. Unknown when/where one missing rear reflector went.

3. Small crack on front of hood, discolored green all over.

4. Missing outer cover box that goes over the air filter.

5. Two piece yellow seat covers separated from the seat. They are otherwise whole. PO attempted to glue a bead around each but it didn't hold. Also the seat adjustment track is frozen in place.

6. I removed the mowing deck for transport and that's when I found one idler bearing is wobbly, all others appear OK. Two of the decks outer black scalp wheels are also wobbly.

Otherwise it seems to start, steer, and stop; hydraulic deck and steering work fine. Tires all look good and PO said it has recent oil and filter, and last year fresh antifreeze and tranny fluid.

I think I stole it but am asking for your opinions. Did I do OK at $1200?

NEXT: any suggestions on my thoughts? I'm thinking INITIALLY to at least try an engine cleaner in the gas, contact cement everywhere for the seats, spray lube for the seat tracks, and replace the missing air filter cover.

Then fiberglas the inner side of the cracked hood.

As I won't likely be using the mowing deck a new bearing, outer wheels and grass flapper thingy can wait. So can headlights and rear reflector.

My planned use is for it to be the puller, running thru the woods. Its' larger studded type tires and locking rear wheels should improve over my previous slipping/slidding when dragging dead trees. And it'll save my new x310 from that abuse. Sure do wish that I'd found it first, then it'd doing both jobs.

When I'm ready to sell it I'll have a near new mowing deck to go along with it.

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Re: 2007 x540 w/ 54 inch deck, 368 hours

Yea, I'd say ya stole it! You can. Find all this on ebay and possibly for a total under $500 to replace itall
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I was sure hoping for some tips and/or cautions on my planned repairs, but with no suggestions ...

Guess I'll head to Walmart and pickup some gas treatment, contact cement and a fiberglas repair kit. I'll only do the gas at this time because I've got to take my Boxer to the vet, another growth needs to be removed.
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I was sure hoping for some tips and/or cautions on my planned repairs, but with no suggestions ...

Guess I'll head to Walmart and pickup some gas treatment, contact cement and a fiberglas repair kit. I'll only do the gas at this time because I've got to take my Boxer to the vet, another growth needs to be removed.
Stole it? I wish I could find tractors like that at prices like that up here. You can afford to fix it up "like new" and still be way ahead of buying a new one.

I don't know what's to comment on about your planned repairs.
Inspect it, oil all around, and I generally do all fluids and filters no matter what the previous owner claims. On the surging, I'd put in some fresh spark plugs, assure good fuel in the tank, and run some Seafoam through it, and if that doesn't clear it up, get a carb kit, R&R the carburetor, and clean it. Depending on what you see, you may want to walk back through the fuel system to the tank and pickup.

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For the price you paid, I might "cheat" and take to the dealer for them to diagnose and potentially fix the idle problem. The rest you can decide what to do with/without. I'd skip replacing the missing rear reflector and simply buy the rear LED taillight kit from the guy that sells them (plenty of positive references in these forums, including mine). Do a search and you'll find him.

I'd upgrade the seat too. There is a high-back version most seem to like.

After you get it put back together, you can sell the X310. Your new-to-you X540 will do everything you need and the sale will more than pay for the repairs/upgrades to the X540.

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Today I came home with the above item. Problems observed:

1. Engine surges both at idle and high throttle. Original owner said it didn't do that before his mechanic replaced the float "because the carb had a pin-hole in it". Also at idle down the engine will die.

2. Both front headlights and rubber grass flapper thingy were removed and subsequently lost in a garage fire. Unknown when/where one missing rear reflector went.

3. Small crack on front of hood, discolored green all over.

4. Missing outer cover box that goes over the air filter.

5. Two piece yellow seat covers separated from the seat. They are otherwise whole. PO attempted to glue a bead around each but it didn't hold. Also the seat adjustment track is frozen in place.

6. I removed the mowing deck for transport and that's when I found one idler bearing is wobbly, all others appear OK. Two of the decks outer black scalp wheels are also wobbly.

Otherwise it seems to start, steer, and stop; hydraulic deck and steering work fine. Tires all look good and PO said it has recent oil and filter, and last year fresh antifreeze and tranny fluid.

I think I stole it but am asking for your opinions. Did I do OK at $1200?

NEXT: any suggestions on my thoughts? I'm thinking INITIALLY to at least try an engine cleaner in the gas, contact cement everywhere for the seats, spray lube for the seat tracks, and replace the missing air filter cover.

Then fiberglas the inner side of the cracked hood.

As I won't likely be using the mowing deck a new bearing, outer wheels and grass flapper thingy can wait. So can headlights and rear reflector.

My planned use is for it to be the puller, running thru the woods. Its' larger studded type tires and locking rear wheels should improve over my previous slipping/slidding when dragging dead trees. And it'll save my new x310 from that abuse. Sure do wish that I'd found it first, then it'd doing both jobs.

When I'm ready to sell it I'll have a near new mowing deck to go along with it.
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Continuing ... today I ordered the missing air cleaner box, two deck anti-scalping wheels and one deck idler pulley. $91 or so, will pick up next week. Priced the complete missing headlights, about $90 I think. Also - if I need a new seat its $200, over $400 if I go with the newer seat and armrests. Prices are all from my local dealer.

Went home and removed the seat frame. Beat the stew (Hammer and 2X4 X1) out of each individual track, spraying them with lube. It took many forward/rearward beatings to get it to where I could move it by hand. Most all afternoon I re-sprayed and manipulated them but now think they're gonna' be workable once again. They were froze up pretty good.

During this I also found out I have a tilt wheel, that didn't tilt. Not too much trouble using they same spray lube and hand force, now it works.

Decided to do some regular maintenance so picked up some spark plugs, fuel filter, oil and oil filter. Did all that then added a bit of fuel cleaner stuff to the tank, not expecting much there but maybe it's helpful.

I spent way to much time chiseling the old glue from seat frame. I also found the frame had water trapped inside it and so I drilled several weep holes on the bottom. I didn't even start on glue removal from the two cushions.

Using my hands I then started digging dirt clods out from the frame. At one point I crawled under and saw something (getting darker) that looked like an oil filter but knew it wasn't. A bit later while in the house I picked up a weak flashlight to take a gander underneath. I guess the can has something to do with the hydraulics (?) as I saw several metal lines attached.

I continued to explore underneath when alarm! Using the flashlight I observed one of the idler drive pullies was destroyed, laying at a sharp angle. That's probably the buzzing noise that I previously heard (but thought was some kind of guard vibrating). I guess I'll need to immediately take care of that and might as well put a new drive belt on it.

EDIT: Dealer Parts Man couldn't find any Carb Repair Kits for this?

Having not seen this before, how easy/bad is this job?

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Finally got the glue off each seat cushion and commenced the reglue/ replaycement of the two original cushions. Here it is just before placing the second cushion back on the frame. Now its time to cross my fingers and be hopeful that it'll hold. If not it's off to the dealer for a new seat.

My pic was upright when sent, site layed it on its side.
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Sounds like you're doing the right things to get it fixed up... Are you sure the carb is bad? Seeing how the seller treated the machine I'd doubt the mechanics advice. A new seat can be had from Seat Warehouse on ebay for a lot less than at dealer -- Search for Deere X500/X530/X540 seat. I added a X540 seat to my X500 for $140! The stock seat is only about $100ish there also...

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Are you sure the carb is bad?

Actually I'm hoping that the surge problem is related to the missing air filter cover so won't do anything until one is installed (late this coming week).

I'm also quite hopeful that my seat repair will hold. Lots of contact cement on both surfaces, allow to dry a bit and then stick together. I applied two cinder blocks on the cushion and allowed to sit an hour before repeating on other cushion. Thanks for the name, I'll go there and save it for future.

Then a bit of 409 spray and some scrubbing made the yellow jump out.

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Apparently I'm not using the correct search terms as I've been unable to find the above mentioned rear reflector LED kits.

I'd appreciate someone offering a link or better search terms.

Thank you.
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I found the email for Jeff Walters referenced in one of my threads (post #15): [email protected]

Here is my thread covering the addition of cast-iron wheel weights and the LED taillights from Jeff.

https://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=261689

Others have posted similar threads that include Jeff's email too. Good luck with your install - we want pictures!



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Apparently I'm not using the correct search terms as I've been unable to find the above mentioned rear reflector LED kits.

I'd appreciate someone offering a link or better search terms.

Thank you.
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OK, so today I wasted several hours trying to reach/remove the tranny drive tensioner spring. I can pull it away but don't have enough room to Unhook it. Is there a special tool that allows one to reach/manipulate this spring? Or am I being a bonehead and going about it all wrong?

Next likely problem is the original nut that held the pulley in place, it doesn't appear that I'll be able to break it free without destroying everything attached. Any suggestions? I'm not familiar with a torch.

Help.

On a further note, I just heard from J Walters (above) and have given him the go-ahead to fabricate/mail out some rear LED reflector lights. I only contacted him a few hours ago, quick response back.
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Continued. Today I decided if I couldn't reach the tension spring from below then I'd try from the top. 10-12 bolts later I was able to yank the fender and center piece. Wow was it full of crap. I first scraped with a screwdriver then switched to a putty knife. After awhile I needed to get my compressor to clean things up. It's still not clean but at least now I can identify items within.

I was now able to release the tension spring then had to figure out (fight) my way through several other obstacles. The pulley easily fell out, but half of it remained on the mounting bolt and that required more work to remove the entire tensioner plate. Eventually that too came out and I could now get to the bad bearing and bolt. If you look closely in the pic you may see that the securing nut is completely severed and the bolt is about half cut.

So tomorrow I'll head out to the dealer, my list is getting longer. While there I'll get the other fluids (tranny, radiator), a tranny filter and I've lost one of the steering spindle covers. If it comes in black I'll need one, if in yellow I'll get two.
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Forgot to mention, the drive belt has several splits in it; while probably still useful I don't want to do this job a second time so I will replace it. I'll tie the old belt to the mowing deck that's lounging around, it may one day save the farm.
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Busy with other activities today so got very little tractor playing accomplished. I washed the two body panels that are sitting aside, that's all, folks.
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