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Coming up on it. I'm not a mechanical guy. Have read the manual over and over but it still seems daunting and expensive if I have to buy every single thing down to grease gun and oil pans.

Dealers service is about $400. I'm leaning towards just letting them do the first 50 service due to worries of my non-knowledge. Figure about half of their cost is labor. So $200 saves me a load of time figuring how to change all the fluids and filters as well as screwing anything up.

Am I thinking right? Or should I try to do it myself? GC2600 by the way.

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Give it a shot - Take it one step at a time and you'll get through it just fine. You can ask as many questions as you want from any of us - we'll help you get it done. :thThumbsU
 

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Looks like I'll give it a shot. $136 for the oil, filters, gun and grease. As a bonus I finally got my MMMM (Mid-Mount Mower Manual).

 

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So far glad I decided to to it myself and save the $. Not too bad so far but I've only done the oil, oil filter & clean air filter. Got everything mowed this weekend so I can work on the rest after work during this week.
 

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Front axle trans fluid change. Why can't I get the 2 bolts on each wheel and same type drain bolt off? I assume they're counter clockwise to unscrew. They will not budge, starting to strip them.

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Little advise from my dealer and finally got them loose. He said they come from the factory real tight and then paint them and the paint seeps into the threads and locks them up.

So if anybody else has the same problem, here's what I did:

1. Douse them with WD-40 and sit overnight.
2. Whack the head with a hammer.
3. Make sure to use a 6 point (not 12) socket
4. Have more strength than I, which shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Beautiful display. :) Did you get the service all done??
I wish. So far oil, oil filter, trans fluid, trans filter, front axle fluid and air filter.

Still need to grease and address the deck maintenance (which I'm dreading trying to remove and put back on).

On the bright side, still under 50 hours and I got to mow today.
 

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I wish. So far oil, oil filter, trans fluid, trans filter, front axle fluid and air filter.

Still need to grease and address the deck maintenance (which I'm dreading trying to remove and put back on).

On the bright side, still under 50 hours and I got to mow today.
If it is like our 1523, a total breeze to do both.
 

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I wish. So far oil, oil filter, trans fluid, trans filter, front axle fluid and air filter.

Still need to grease and address the deck maintenance (which I'm dreading trying to remove and put back on).

On the bright side, still under 50 hours and I got to mow today.
Hi Woody,

$400 - wow, no idea it would cost that much, so I'm glad to see you are tackling the task yourself. I have a GC2410 and am just about ready to do the 50 hour service (I'm just about at 47 hours). The mower deck is very, very simple to remove. You can essentially just roll/slide it out from under the tractor. The pins lock in place making installation/removal a breeze.

I spent a bit over $80 by using a WIX oil filter ($6), TSC-Traveller universal tractor fluid ($40 for 5 gal), AGCO hydraulic filter ($25 - ouch), and some Mobil 1 I found on sale ($3.75 quart).

Also, don't forget about removing the rear wheel to clean the hydraulic oil pick-up screen.
 

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Had my dealer do the 50 hour service on my GC2310 3 years ago, so I could learn. He did everything, including changing the antifreeze, except the hydraulic oil pick-up screen (thank you Johnny B) and the air filter. Price--$121 and change. $275 is a little steep for one hour shop labour. Price of oil didn't go up that much.

Bob
 

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Woody,

I think you'll be glad you learned to service your machine now rather than later. A 50 hour service should include things other than just fluids and filters. You should check every nut and bolt for torque, look at the wiring, linkages etc. :)
 
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