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Just finished my 50 hour service on my new X590 no problems.Went to level deck problems. What a cheap design the lift link is made to capture the adjustment nut and is made of pot metal or some other type of cheap casting. The link ,for what reason I have no idea, with a slot cut into it that weakens it. Sort of like using the open end wrench when the box end is what should be used because it surrounds the entire nut. So I go to tighten or raise deck , is a pain in a$$,and something didn't feel right I think the nut or bolt rod has stripped but no it's the cheap link. I was able the make adjustments with a Visegrip C clamp holding the link together so the nut would not spin.

Come on John Deere I paid a lot of money for this garden tractor and you cheapen it up with China made parts,like my deck pulleys and spindles that I also noticed,another ticking time bomb.

Hopefully my local dealer will help me out as it is under warranty. I looked up
part and doesn't cost a lot . I would be happy with free replacement part and I install myself to save the hassle of transporting to dealer.

I posted this so others on this great forum can keep an eye on theirs.
 

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You are correct sir. I've found on mine that if I shoot a little WD-40 on the bolt just above the nut, it goes a lot easer.
I put lube on the same place you did when I did my first adjustment at 10 hours and it did help some. Just something I'm going to have to deal with every time I adjust the deck. Just a shame we have to deal with this issue. I do like my X590
don't get me wrong nice power and very comfortable and easy to use . Maybe Deere will look into updating this issue in the near future.

I have great dealer in my area and should have no problem getting link replaced. That is the number one reason I bought my X590, my new 2025r and its replacement a bigger 3720 there.Dealer support goes along way in book.

Thanks for tip and support darkrt.
 

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They did change the bolt in mid year to a newer design that is much better. I had my 2016 X590 bolts wear out in about 30 hrs(tops stripped from tool angle). The newer design is much better and turns much much better. They are about $9/each with the little half-moon fastener thingy. Much improved!
 

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They did change the bolt in mid year to a newer design that is much better. I had my 2016 X590 bolts wear out in about 30 hrs(tops stripped from tool angle). The newer design is much better and turns much much better. They are about $9/each with the little half-moon fastener thingy. Much improved!
Thanks sbronemann . I'm headed to dealer tonight after work I'll make sure to ask about updated bolt. Deere needs to rethink the angle for ease of adjustment.
 

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If I think about it tonight-I will take a picture of it. Bought a spare when I bought them last time just to keep around.
 

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Fixed. And used my own adjustment tool

Picked up my replacement Lift Link ,Screw and new nut at dealer after work. Replacing parts was straight forward and took about hour including leveling deck and anti scalp wheel readjustment.

I lubed bolt with grease ,put anti seize on threads and greased Lift Link at pivot point.The John Deere Allen wrench stayed in its holder under the seat. I used my 1/4" drive ratchet,long extension,universal,and a 8mm Allen socket. I enlarged the access holes with a step bit (Uni Bit) so the socket and universal could fit from the top. This made repair and adjustment a lot easier.
 

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I have seen issues with a few new X570 and X580's. When I try to level them, the tool only goes in part way and wants to strip out. The angle is not straight on.
 

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JD should have made the adjustment hole bigger to start with. Even if they had to use a rubber plug to hide the hole. Don't know if I want to drill out my fender deck.

I plan on making an extended ball Allen socket next time I need to adjust my deck. I had to do the same thing to get an oil pan off of an 98 Wide Glide. Take a regular L shaped ball Allen wrench and cut off the short end. Find the same size allen socket from my set. Remove the short bit and insert the longer home made bit. Afterwards save it for next time. Saves buying an expensive set just for one size socket.
 

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I have seen issues with a few new X570 and X580's. When I try to level them, the tool only goes in part way and wants to strip out. The angle is not straight on.
That is by design (the angle part). That's why the tool is a ball driver.
 

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If I think about it tonight-I will take a picture of it. Bought a spare when I bought them last time just to keep around.
I would be interested to see a picture of the new bolt.
 

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They did change the bolt in mid year to a newer design that is much better. I had my 2016 X590 bolts wear out in about 30 hrs(tops stripped from tool angle). The newer design is much better and turns much much better. They are about $9/each with the little half-moon fastener thingy. Much improved!
That's interesting. On the other deck adjuster thread it seems the X758 had the half-moon arrangement to start with. It was problematic and on later serial numbers JD eliminated the half-moon and switched to a cone shaped bolt.
 

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Me too

I would be interested to see a picture of the new bolt.
I would also like to see new bolt. The two new ones that my dealer ordered for my warranty replacement are identical to the original I replaced. Every new piece all three the Lift Link, Screw and nut are the same parts as original . I even asked the service department to check into revisions for my X590 and this is what was ordered.
 
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