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I have a John Deere 455 with no serial number on the frame can I use the serial number off the motor to determine the year?
 

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Not sure, but Sometimes there’s a date on the radiator. Perhaps repost this in the John Deere forum in the lawn and garden tractor section. I’m sure someone will know for sure. Perhaps a moderator will see this and could move this for you..

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The serial number on the valve cover will get you close , assuming the valve cover or the engine weren't replaced in the past . Yanmar like most vendors have to build " ahead of time " to meet the demand of the model year being built . As an example the engine could be built in 1988 to meet the delivery needs of a 1989 model run . Some folks have had success with their local JD dealer getting a replacement serial number tag via the valve cover data and some report it's a big hassle .
 

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Go to jdparts.deere.com and create an account if you don't have one. In the upper menu bar, click "Contact Us", enter your engine serial number and request your tractor PIN/serial number. They may say they can't trace it, but keep after them...as they can! Every Deere tractor built is on record with engine & tractor serial number.

If you want an actual replacement plate, you'll have to work through your dealer. Bob
 

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It will be on the right side of the radiator from the seat and it will be within a month of the build date of the engine/tractor. JD will give you a runaround like you won't believe so use the radiator date for date of build.
 

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Go to jdparts.deere.com and create an account if you don't have one. In the upper menu bar, click "Contact Us", enter your engine serial number and request your tractor PIN/serial number. They may say they can't trace it, but keep after them...as they can! Every Deere tractor built is on record with engine & tractor serial number.

If you want an actual replacement plate, you'll have to work through your dealer. Bob
rwmeyer I want to thank you for this advice . Early this year I purchased a 332 garden tractor that was missing the ID plate/sticker . On Saturday I did as you suggested and created an account at jdparts.com , after that I did the " contact us " and gave a brief description of my tractor and the Yanmar serial number . I asked if they could provide my tractors model number/serial number and confirm the year so future parts orders would be correct . This afternoon ............... yes TWO DAYS after sending my request I received an email with my model # and confirmation that it is a 1988 . I was shocked :tango_face_surprise Maybe it was just dumb luck that I didn't have to go down the " it's a hassle " road to get but I'm not complaining :tango_face_grin: There are plenty of online vendors that can replicate the plate now that I have the info . Great advice buddy thank you !
 
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