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I just bought a new 530. When I was at the dealer going over the tractor with the salesperson and he was showing me the transaxle oil reservoir, he told me that when the oil level goes BELOW the "ADD" mark to add oil. I told him that I thought oil should be added now because it was at the "ADD" line. He said no, not until it goes below.

When I got home and read the manual, ( page 49 ) I still interpret it as oil should be added. Being it's a brand new machine, I don't want to do any damage running the tractor with low transaxle oil.

Is the dealer correct and am I alright to run it until it goes "BELOW" the "ADD" line.
 

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The oil level should be at the full mark when the tractor is cold and has sat for a while. It is okay for the level to be between full and add but if it gets close to the add mark you should add some.

My X500 oil level is always right at the full mark. When I changed the oil at 50 hrs. I refilled it to the full mark.

This is from the X530 manual:

Add John Deere Low Viscosity HY-GARD™ (J20D) until oil level is at FULL mark on reservoir.
 

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I believe most motors these days take a full quart if you wait to add fluid when the level is @ the 'Add' mark. (That may be different when the total capacity is small.) Either way I think it's safe to keep the oil level between the 'Add' and 'Full' marks but always having it @ the full is always safer.:greentractorride:
 

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between add and full is only a matter of a few ounces in the case of the reservoir on the X5 machines. should you top it up? of course. Need to worry with it at the level it is? Not in the least.
 

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As an FYI... it seems like the fluid level can vary significantly depending on the outside temperature. My X500 had been staying right on the FULL mark all summer. Yesterday I was getting the 2720 ready for snow duty in my unheated garage. It was around 20-degrees and I noticed the X500 transmission level was down almost to the ADD line. Today the temperature was in the 50's and the transmission level was about half-way between FULL and ADD. It would seem that if you fill the tank to the FULL mark during the winter months it could end up being over full when the temperature gets warmer.

Anyone else notice anything similar?
 
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