Ok, so last weekend I had the unfortunate realization that I have owned my 1025 for 3.5 years. I realized this as it began to stall out while I was mowing. I couldn't figure out what in the world was going on. Was extremely frustrated thinking that my Deere was dying on me. Immediately thought of the worst case scenario. Well, it was shortly after I decided to park it and give up on mowing that I came in and looked at my maintenance records and realized that I had missed the part in the maintenance schedule that mentioned to change the fuel filters yearly or every 400 hours. So I had never changed the filters in 3.5 years.
After a trip to the dealer on Monday and changing the fuel filters Tuesday, the tractor runs much better, but it has a hard time starting. Not a rough start like when it is cold, but when it has sat for a while, the first time I crank the starter, it fires then snorts and bucks once or twice then dies. The second time I crank it, fires off immediately smoothly and evenly just like the day I got it. Once it is has been started it fires off no issues so it definitely seems to be an issue with something bleeding down maybe? I thought maybe running it for a few days would clear this up, like maybe there was an air pocket in the lines, but it doesn't seem to have made any improvement. Is there anything I am missing with the fuel filter change procedure that might cause this? I had no issues changing the fuel filters, the bowl filled right up when I turned the key on. I ran through about 5-10 key on cycles before I attempted to start it after changing filters.
Any thoughts? Is this just something I'm going to have to get used to?