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John Deere 17G – 500 Hour Service Interval Tasks Part 1

Heavy-duty mechanic stands before a John Deere 17G mini excavator.

If you’re doing this service yourself, visit FortisHD to purchase a service kit with every filter you need, or visit Tekamo HD to hire an expert service technician.

In this post, you’ll learn to replace the hydraulic return filter and the pilot filter on a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator.

It’ll be the first in a series of posts showing the tasks associated with the 500-hour service interval.

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Need to save time? The following table shows every filter you need for the complete 500-hour service interval:

Item OEM Part Number
Aftermarket equivalent
BaldwinDonaldsonWixBlumaq
Engine Oil Filter M806418 B1400P50206751365 / 51365XPN/A
Hydraulic Tank Oil Filter 4692230 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Hydraulic Filter O-ring T110443 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Hydraulic Pilot Filter with O-ring 4294130 PT9424P502508R12E10CVN/A
Primary Fuel Filter MIA883874 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Secondary Fuel Filter MIU803907 N/AN/AN/AN/A
2 x Fuel Filters O-ring M800893 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Engine Rocker Arm Cover Gasket MIU800300 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Engine Air Filter M113621 RS3715P82268646449/46449FRN/A
Air Cleaner Dust Unloader Valve 4383877 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Engine Oil TY26674 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Gear Oil TY6296 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Hydraulic Oil 2908-050 N/AN/AN/AN/A

Remove the Right and Top Covers

A heavy-duty mechanic before a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator. Overlay arrows point at the right-hand and top covers.

We have to remove the right-hand side panel to get to the top. Use an impact wrench to take out the three 17mm bolts holding the panel.

Pull the top cover edge seal a bit, and use the impact gun to remove two 13mm bolts from the top cover. The cover also has a hook-like piece on the left side. Lift it and pull the cover out.

Vent the Hydraulic Oil Tank

A heavy-duty mechanic vents the hydraulic oil system by removing the cap.

The hydraulic system is usually under built-up pressure due to system overload, clogged filters, or thermal expansion.

So, before moving on to the hydraulic filter, remove the hydraulic tank cap to vent the system.

When you remove the cap, you’ll likely hear a pop sound.

The oil will push out if you don’t relieve the pressure when undoing the housing filter lid.

Put the cap back on, but leave it loose to keep venting the system and preventing dirt and dust from entering the hydraulic tank.

Remove the Hydraulic Filter

A heavy-duty mechanic takes a worn hydraulic filter off a John Deere 17G mini Excavator.

Wipe the lid with a clean cloth before removing it to prevent dirt and debris from contaminating the hydraulic system.

Unscrew the four 13mm bolts from the lid using an impact gun. Because there’s a spring underneath the lid, we recommend undoing the bolts across from each other, starting with the one next to the tank cap.

You must use a ratchet to unscrew the bolt next to the joysticks. Crack it a bit loose and the one across, but don’t take them out yet. Hold the lid down with one hand and pull the bolts out with the other.

Flip the lid over and put it aside with the spring on it.

Now, remove the bypass, which sits on top of the filter. The bypass is what the spring holds down. It bypasses the hydraulic oil to ensure continuous fluid flow in the event of a clogged or restricted filter.

Put the bypass on top of the spring. Now you know how the parts are supposed to go when putting them back.

Take the filter halfway out and let the oil drain. Put it in a plastic pan or container to avoid making a mess.

Take a quick look at the filter to ensure there are no pieces of seal or debris hanging off it. We also recommend sampling the hydraulic oil. Refer to your operator’s manual for details.

Install the New Hydraulic Filter

A heavy-duty mechanic installs a new hydraulic filter on a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator.

Compare both filters (new and old) to ensure they are the same.

The hydraulic filter doesn’t have a top or bottom side. You can put it in either way.

Hydraulic oil filter for a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator. OEM number: 4692230.

Drop the filter in its housing and ensure it goes all the way down, not on top of the little pipe on the bottom.

Although it’s not mandatory, we recommend changing the o-ring every time you change the filter.

Hydraulic oil filter o-ring for a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator. OEM number: T110443.

Pick the o-ring out using a screwdriver or a pointy tool. Wipe the o-ring groove to prevent dirt from getting into the system.

Put the new o-ring on the groove and push it around. Dip your fingertip in the oil and run it along the o-ring to lubricate it. The oil film prevents the gasket from wriggling when you tighten the filter, causing leakage.

Drop back the bypass and the spring. When putting back the lid, ensure the spring stays inside the little pipe of the lid.

Put the lid over and hold it down with one hand. Screw the bolts by hand, and tighten them with a ratchet. Fasten one bolt and the one across it to ensure the spring goes straight down. If you do one corner and the one beside it, the opposite side will lift, and the lid won’t seal correctly.

Replace the Pilot Filter

A heavy-duty mechanic showing the location of the pilot filter. An overlay arrow shows a close-up of the filter.

Take out the belly pan to access the pilot filter—no need to remove the four bolts holding it. The belly pan has slotted holes, so loosen the bolts, slide, and take out the pan.

There’s a hole to access the filter. Unscrew the canister using a ratchet with a 24mm socket. Take out the canister and the filter, which you’ll see hanging there. Put the canister and filter in an oil pan.

Inspect the canister for debris. Wipe it clean with a cloth and brake fluid or some other product.

It’s normal if the old pilot filter has a black color. It’s not due to dirt or contamination but because the oil breaks down.

Double-check the new filter against the old one, and replace the seal. Lubricate the o-ring using oil from the filter’s housing.

When installing the pilot filter, don’t drop it inside the canister (it won’t seal correctly). Put the filter in the hole and push it up until it snaps. Put the canister over and screw it back on using the ratchet.

Pilot filter for a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator. OEM number: 4294130.

Finish by putting the belly pan back on.

Check the Hydraulic Oil Level

Overlay arrows show a John Deere 17G Mini Excavator in the correct position to check its hydraulic oil.

The sight glass to check the hydraulic oil level is behind the excavator’s right-hand panel.

The level should be between the two marks (low and high).

To check the oil level, ensure the machine is in the following position:

  • Stick/Arm all the way out.
  • Bucket sitting on the ground and curled all the way in.
  • Blade down.

If the excavator is in a different position, it will change the amount of hydraulic oil in the tank and won’t get an accurate reading.

Top off the oil if needed. We recommend Tekamo AW 46 premium hydraulic fluid.

An 18.9 liter bucket of Tekamo AW 46 premium hydraulic fluid

We recommend putting yourself in a position to view the sight glass and pour the oil in (using an oil jug) at the same time, so you stop filling at the right moment. Also, leave the oil level below the top mark to give it room to expand and rise (it’ll happen when the machine gets hot).

Close the back compartment, and put back on the hydraulic tank cap, the top cover edge seal, and the panels (side and top).

Extra parts?

A heavy-duty mechanic holds a suction filter for a John Deere 17G mini excavator.

Depending on your dealer, you might get a strainer suction filter. You must drain the hydraulic oil to change this model’s suction filter. However, on a 500-hour service, we don’t need to change the hydraulic oil or the strainer suction filter.

Because the suction filter is metal instead of fiber, it won’t get plugged up easily. The purpose of the strainer filter is to catch contaminants in the hydraulic tank before the oil goes to the pump.

Next Post

Next up, we’ll change the engine oil on this John Deere 17G Mini Excavator.

If you’re doing this service yourself, visit FortisHD to purchase a service kit with every filter you need, or visit Tekamo HD to hire an expert service technician.