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John Deere LX279 Fender Removal?

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Tom Bowman

08-27-2018 06:59:09




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I'm looking for instructions on removing the rear fender deck/pan on a JD LX279.
I've checked the other JD and mower forums, without any luck. (Other models, but not the LX279.)

I need to clean the linkages for the free wheel lever, forward/reverse pedals, and parking brake, and the information I've found says the easiest way to access all that is to remove the rear fenders.




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Tom Bowman

10-22-2018 09:56:23




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal - Update... in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
If anyone else is doing this project, I got a helpful tip on the pedals on another forum: under the right fender, just above the tire, is where the rod from the pedals hooks to the transaxle.

Remove the hairpin clip, and the rod slides off the pin.

With the rod removed, pedals and all come off, along with the fender pan.

Also: grass/dirt had built up around the parking brake and manual move lever linkages. Cleaned it out, and it's working again.

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Tom Bowman

08-28-2018 05:19:53




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
Thanks, Jeffcat and Irv.
The pedals looked like they'd be the trickiest part, so your explanation will be very helpful, Irv. That will probably be this weekend's project.

The LX279 has been a good mower. It's a 1999 model that my father bought new, and now I've been using it for 5 or 6 years. No major problems - just the usual maintenance items, and a few repairs now and then.



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daisyman

08-27-2018 20:47:11




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
Another dang double post!! It does that every time you try to edit your original message, even on the preview!! Irritating! :x



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daisyman

08-27-2018 20:43:08




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
On a 279, you have to unbolt the forward and reverse pedals and wiggle them out of the fender deck. I think you have to take the pads off. They are easily accessible under the right side foot rest. Next, unscrew the cruise control knob. Then pull the deck height control knob off. They sometimes come off a little hard but they're not bolted on, just tight. As was mentioned, you can remove the seat to avoid some of the clumsiness. One bolt one each side of the seat and one under each side where you put your feet. Gas cap off and you're good to go. That LX279 is a dandy mower too, IMHO. While you're under there take a good look at your drive belt to the hydro. Easiest place to see it.
Don't think I forgot anything. Good luck.
Irv :D

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jeffcat

08-29-2018 20:49:06




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to daisyman, 08-27-2018 20:43:08  
Ah haa! Now that you tell us about those pedals, my Cub Cadet has that same setup. The other machines that I pulled the fender pan from were older. That is why I keep reeding these stories. Informative!



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daisyman

08-27-2018 20:40:04




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
On a 279, you have to unbolt the forward and reverse pedals and wiggle them out of the fender deck. I think you have to take the pads off. They are easily accessible under the right side foot rest. Next, unscrew the cruise control knob. Then pull the deck height control knob off. They sometimes come off a little hard but they're not bolted on, just tight. As was mentioned, you can remove the seat to avoid some of the clumsiness. One bolt one each side of the seat and one under each side where you put your feet. Gas cap off and you're good to go. That LX279 is a dandy mower too, IMHO. While you're under there take a good look at your drive belt to the hydro. Easiest place to see it.
Don't think I forgot anything. Good luck.
Irv :D

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jeffcat

08-27-2018 09:02:28




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 Re: John Deere LX279 Fender Removal? in reply to Tom Bowman, 08-27-2018 06:59:09  
The ones I have worked on. First thing is be careful and take your time. Unscrew all of the shifting and control knobs. At the rear of the foot rests there are usually two 1/4 or 5/16 bolts that are attached to the pan. You might want to remove the seat and bracket by pulling out the pivot pins. Heavy. Unplug the safty switch. Lastly remove the two seat springs by unscrewing the bolts. The pan should now be loose. It is kinda universal. Just be careful to unlock and get the saftey switch harnesses out of the way. Would be best to have a helper to lift it off of the frame. Not heavy, just bulky.

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