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Fixing the Hood Release on John Deere Tractors

Watch TTWT’s informational tractor video to see how to fix the John Deere hood release issue.

Tractor Time with Tim viewers know our love for John Deere tractors.  But we readily admit that they are not perfect.  One pesky component that we will address and correct is the hood release mechanism on several series of John Deere compact tractors. The factory hood release requires operators to jam an object into the hood latch to release the mechanism to access the tractor’s power plant which has proven to be a frustrating process for operators, owners, and mechanics.


Understanding the Frustrating John Deere Design

Before we begin to point fingers at John Deere, let’s take a deep dive into why such a frustrating design exists. The rationale for the design and application of such a problematic hood release mechanism originates not here with the engineers and designers of John Deere, but the European Union.

Due to some European safety requirements, accessibility to the tractor’s engine components can only be accessed through the use of a key or tool to release the latch. For sake of consistency, John Deere and several other tractor manufacturers have universally installed this particular latch on all domestic and export models.


The Simple Tractor Hood Release Fix for John Deeres

TTWT has discovered a simple fix to the hood release issue for John Deere 1, 2, 3 and 4 Series Compact Tractors. Say goodbye to blindly jamming a screwdriver into the latch mechanism to release the hood thanks to a nifty product from 3D Fusion Labs.

The team at 3D Fusion Labs have developed a brilliant solution that is easy to replace and enables you to add some customization to your John Deere by offering an array of colors. 3D printed on rugged outdoor plastic, the replacement kit includes the replacement mount, button, and nut.

If you use the promo code TTWT at checkout to get a discount on your 3D Fusion Labs order. You can also use the same promotion code for free shipping of John Deere Parts

How To Install Hood Release Replacement

Installation of the 3D Fusion Labs hood release replacement is a simple process by following these easy steps:

  1. Release the factory hood latch (for the last time!)
  2. Remove the existing nut on the factory latch with a 7/16” wrench.
  3. Remove the factory latch assembly.
  4. Install new button assembly, be sure to align the rod through the hole in the unit.
  5. Secure unit by reinstalling nut and tightening it down snuggly.
  6. Press your new 3D Fusion Labs button to release the hood.

Overall, generally the installation process can be completed in 30 seconds and opening your hood can be done in 3 seconds.

Benefits of John Deere Hood Release Installation

The key benefit of upgrading your hood latch mechanism from 3D Fusion Labs is alleviating the frustration of poking and prodding the factory hood release in hopes to access your tractor’s mechanicals. Installation is a breeze and the maintenance of your tractor will be less frustrating and time-consuming. 3D Fusion Labs hardware is also ethically pleasing and offers your John Deere compact tractor a custom look.

Additional John Deere Parts Support

The team at 3D Fusion Labs is a great source for custom tractor parts and upgrades. They now manufacture John Deere 4WD kick Pedals, throttle and PTO paddles, floor plugs, and front end loader grease caps. The products from 3D Fusion Labs are designed and built with quality to provide the best experiences operating your compact tractor.

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Don’t forget to use the TTWT promo code when purchasing from the 3D Fusion Labs website for your 5% discount. You can also support Tractor Time with Tim by using the TTWT promo code at these tractor product sites.

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Follow our simple tractor hood release installation tutorial and save yourself the headache and frustration of accessing your John Deere’s mechanicals. 3D Fusion Labs’ solution will make maintaining your compact tractor a snap and keep you where you should be: behind the wheel.

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Until next time, happy operating!

Disclosure: Please be aware that the promo codes and deals mentioned in this article may no longer be active or valid at the time of your reading. Companies often update their promotions and discounts, so we recommend visiting the respective websites for the most up-to-date information on any offers or discounts mentioned in this article.

Tim Marks
Tim Marks
Compact Tractor Lover. Rural Lifestyle Enthusiast. Tractor Time with Tim on YouTube. Married to Christy for over 31 years. We love showing tractors, attachments, maintenance, storage ideas, and our daily activities around our 10 acre property. We also do some contract tractor work, and significant amount of charity projects.

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