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I stick the key in there, push it in to release the latch.
 

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Right... in an effort to make everything tool-less... you now need a "tool" to open the hood. Can I get a "Hey Yeah!" for the JD engineers? :)
 

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They switched to the "European" version a few years ago. Someone makes a kit to convert that back to a button. But, it only takes a second to use a key. It is a stupid design though.
 

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bought this button from ebay seller.

Also bought 4x4 shift lever from ebay.

dont have any links. Try searching for them.
 

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Stupid? I like the design. Keeps "casual observers" out.
Okay. Kinda lame but whatever. Someone going to steal the batt? 馃ぃ

I just need to be able to get in there to clean the pull out filter... In my experience, with lots of leaves and dust, that thing clogs fast and next thing you know the engine is shutting down from overheating.

Just took the key out. Got it.

Thanks everyone!

-Ken
 

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Kinda lame... until you live in the ghetto LOL. I don't live in that kind of place anymore (thank goodness) but the mindset stays with you.

Edit: I live in a rural area now thankfully, but yes, in some places you can bet there are dirtbags out there that WILL STEAL YOUR BATTERY! Meth is a terrible thing! :LOL:
 

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Right... in an effort to make everything tool-less... you now need a "tool" to open the hood. Can I get a "Hey Yeah!" for the JD engineers? :)
They DID make it tooless. Your ignition key fits right in there to release the hood latch.

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Not that I agree with nanny state, however I think this "key needed" to open the hood is due to wanting to keep you from opening the hood with the engine running, the key needs to be removed from ignition to open the open the hood.
 

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Not that I agree with nanny state, however I think this "key needed" to open the hood is due to wanting to keep you from opening the hood with the engine running, the key needs to be removed from ignition to open the open the hood.
That too wouldn't work as they give you multiple keys and pretty much any key or small object can be used to push the release. If that were their intent they could have installed an interlock safety switch that would have killed the engine when the hood was opened. After all, we all know how the lawyers just love safety interlock switches. They could have also made the hood latch a lock that required the key to turn.

I just think it is a poor design to require that the ignition key be used as a tool. Over time, you could deform the end of the key.
 

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The explanation I heard from my salesman was they didn't want the hood to open randomly by having something hit an external actuator. I said they should have an external "pull" latch instead.
 

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TTWT explained it was a new European standard in a video they did while in Germany.
 

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Let's see, I can remember the precise number of times my external hood latch has been "activated" during tractor use which resulted in the hood opening in an unintended fashion......Precisely NONE..................in 600 hours of use.

"It's a European Design", Great, then put it on the European tractors. Don't penalize the rest of us for their stupid hood retention standards or desires or whatever it may be. Anytime you have to modify a new product BACK to it's prior design and standards to make it easier to use and functional, that's not progress.........
 
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