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The structure test on the JD 345 hood is now history. This afternoon I was cleaning the tractor after some mowing...airblowing the engine compartment of grass clipping, etc. When I closed the hood it shattered in three pieces. The lower section split on both sides, and the upper section split down the middle.
I've closed this hood probably 75 times over the eleven years since new, and always taken it easy on the wonderful plastic John Deere is so famous for.
Now, it looks like they...dealer will collect about $375.00 for a complete hood assembly. From my calculations, I will probably have about $7,000.00 in parts purchased over the original cost of the 1999 345. The JD loves their plastic, it was bound to happen.
 

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That bites. I snapped mine on the top last winter and replaced the entire hood. Bought another from a ebay dealer.

I open and close it easy now.
 

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**** FD how hard do you close hoods? :) That does suck!
 
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