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    Bad luck with the X540

    I was driving the x540 across the yard (not mowing) when I heard a strange sound. The next thing I know there are sparks coming out from under the tractor. I shut it off, looked underneath and found that the electric clutch had come off. And then I found the retaining bolt and saw that it was broken.

    I took the tractor to the dealer and he told me that although not common, he has seen this before. He believes that sometimes they come over torqued from the factory. They are a real good dealership and I trust them completely but it just seems odd that it would take 2 1/2 years for an over torqued bolt to break.
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    Is it a warranty item?



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    I believe so. I still have a year left so no worries in that regard. I have to wonder if this might not related to the "full throttle to engage the mower deck" phenomenon. I have always found it strange that the throttle had to be fully open to engage the deck. Kind of runs counter to the pto driven implements on larger tractors where you engage the implements at low rpms. Add to that the various threads talking about how tight the belts on the 54c deck and it does seem curious.
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    I took the tractor to the dealer and he told me that although not common, he has seen this before.
    For sure not common,Google didn't produce any other bolt failures besides yours. Probably did occur as the tech explained. I doubt JD would use very strong bolts on something like that,and it's very possible it could take that much time to finally fail. On the other hand,it could have snapped the moment it was over tightened at the factory. Just one of those "flip a coin" things.

    As Brian asked,is there any possibilty that JD will take care of this?

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    I believe so, after all I am still in the warranty period and it is a mechanical failure. "4 years or 500 hours". Again, this dealer has been excellent to deal with so I am not anticipating any problems.
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    I almost bought a x540 but went with a MMM instead and did quite a bit of research looking into them (my plan was to buy a used one from Machine Finder so I had concerns) although I don't have any links I do recall an issue with the clutch that was posted on many forums/reviews and also folks actually rebuilding them on YouTube vids.
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    I never engage the deck at full throttle. It says that in my X748 manual also. It never made sense to me. I think if your RPM's are up enough not to bog the tractor down too much you will save some wear and tear on the clutch.
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    Problem is that unless the tractor is at full throttle when engaging the deck it will stall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    Problem is that unless the tractor is at full throttle when engaging the deck it will stall.
    Interesting. I can flip on my PTO on my X320 at idle and it will not stall, nor bogged down. I believe the manual on my X320 says to engage the PTO at mid throttle, if I remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mo View Post
    Interesting. I can flip on my PTO on my X320 at idle and it will not stall, nor bogged down. I believe the manual on my X320 says to engage the PTO at mid throttle, if I remember correctly.
    I guess if I have a complaint about the X540, this subject would be it. I can engage my MMM at about half throttle but the engien spits & sputters. The operators manuel does state: to move the throttle to fast position and then engage MMM. It sucks I know but I will learn to live with it.
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