'89 John Deere 316 - intro, thanks & maintenance questions
Posted July 18, 2011 - 10:25 PM
Specifically it's an 89 John Deere 316 w/ an Onan & 50" deck. I bought it w/ 870Hrs on the clock, for $700 off a dealer. She was a trade in for a newer JD lawn tractor. She's run and cut very good so far. It's clear that the previous owner had taken her for granted for a while, but you can tell this thing is quite a workhorse. She needs some cosmetic work (not my forte) mostly for rust and paint but looks fine from a distance :smile1:. Now, with the proper manuals finally in hand, I can at least do some maintenance and know exactly what she needs.
All I've done to this point is clean her up, changed the oil and lubed the steering. On tap for this week is a full engine oil/filter change, full transmission fluid/filter change, plus new plugs, fuel and air filters and more lubing as needed. Who knows when the last time any of these were done. At least then I'll be able to get through the rest this season without the anxiety of the unknown.
I welcome any advice or tips. I'm capable mechanically (though time-challenged) but I'm pretty much a newb with lawn tractors.
Question: Where is a good (or best) place to find filters and other maintenance parts for this JD model? I have the all part numbers and specifications for fluids and such but am wondering if there's an other option apart going to the dealer. Is the JD dealer the best/only place to go for genuine parts?
Posted July 19, 2011 - 12:25 AM
Glad you have gotten the information you needed.
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Posted July 19, 2011 - 04:28 AM
Glad to have you with us.
Posted July 19, 2011 - 05:08 AM
Posted July 19, 2011 - 05:18 AM
- Alc and Lalo have said thanks
Posted July 19, 2011 - 09:06 PM
Welcome to the forum. I would go to jdparts.com and register there. You can then get access to all the parts diagrams for your 316 and get pricing and availability of parts. I would check the cost of genuine JD parts first before buying from a second source. In particular the hydro filter is a critical component and I would lean towards buying the genuine part from JD. You can specify a dealer and actually order your parts online. I have been refitting a 314 and use JDparts online. I just pick them up at the dealer and there is no shipping charge.
Thanks Brian! I did just that. I've chosen everything I wanted to buy and specified my local dealer but unfortunately for some reason I can't get past the 'shipping' page and into 'payment'. None are the parts are in stock and I specified 'will pick up order at dealership' but I don't know what the issue is.
Posted July 19, 2011 - 09:12 PM
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Posted July 20, 2011 - 11:38 AM
Also, here is another good site for ordering parts. They have all the necessary perishable parts listed, i.e. belts, filters, etc., for each model. They are in fact a JD dealer located in Missouri. Some have said the prices are better at this site than their local dealer - I don't know if that is true or not, but.....Keeping It Green: Your Premier Online Source for all John Deere Parts
Here is my thoughts on using a JD dealer versus aftermarket. First, you know you're getting the right part, made for the right application and it will fit. Second, the quality is usually better and will provide better performance and longevity (especially belts). Don't skimp on belts, JD specs their belts very specifically and they will fit and provide longer lasting service. Thirdly, manufacturers are always observing which parts sell and which will stay on the shelves taking up inventory and storage space. The more you buy from a dealer, the more you are helping to keep a particular part or item from being NLA (No Longer Available). Manufacturers will not keep parts that are not selling in inventory and they will phase those parts out. Deere is always aware of what parts are in demand and which are not. Buying from an outside source will ultimately mean you can't get that part.
Good luck with your new tractor.
- caseguy, Alc, KennyP and 1 other said thanks
Posted July 20, 2011 - 01:18 PM
Hopefully, with all the rest of the parts in by today, the machine will be refreshed and ready for the weekend and I'll have some piece of mind about it.
Posted July 20, 2011 - 01:54 PM
Posted July 20, 2011 - 09:53 PM
It's nice to hear that your local dealer had all the parts in stock for a 20+ year old tractor. That's one of the things that makes the older 300 series a good choice for a working GT. I'm not sure what the issue is with JDparts online. It works great for me. It has been 5 yrs since I registered so I can't remember the process but it may be worth checking to make sure you have a valid account. Hopefully you will be up and running soon.
Yeah, no kidding! I would have never expected it. As far as the JDparts.com situation, my local JD parts guy said that it was the second complaint he'd gotten about it today, so I'm assuming it's not just me.
Posted July 21, 2011 - 06:21 AM