Irrespective of the brand, you will face almost some common issues with your tractor. Diesel won’t crank, the steering wheel turns without resistance, and so on.
Similar to those, there are some common John Deere 5055E problems as well. Easy troubleshooting should fix most of those issues but you may need to replace tiny parts.
I have listed the common issues of this particular model in this article. In brief, I tried to explain exactly what you should do as well.
Common Problems of John Deere 5055E
- A quick overview of those issues:
- Hydraulic Issues.
- Fuel Problems
- Power Reverser Trouble
- Starter Problems
- PTO Problems
Is your problem listed above? If so, keep reading. I will talk about them in detail now.
John Deere 5055E Hydraulic Problems
That’s a serious issue because it can cause the fuel tank to melt. So, understanding what leads to the hydraulic problem is important to avoid this in near future.
Some people have also faced the same problem with JD 1025R tractor as well.
At the center of the tractor read side, there is a ball check valve on the 3-point lift arms. That 3-point lift arms should be activated at least once a week.
If not, moisture will accumulate in that ball check valve and will cause it to stick. This will lead to increased fluid pressure along with extreme heat or friction.
This ultimately superheats the hydraulic fluid up and causes the fuel tank to melt.
5055E tractor is designed to run continuously and when you keep it idle for a long time, you will have to deal with this problem.
John Deere 5055E Fuel Problems
If you use the wrong fuel type, you will face this trouble. But that rarely happens.
A few of the 5055E owners noticed the sudden loss of power. Sometimes, the engine just shuts off without making any strange noise. And they assume it’s the fuel problems they are dealing with.
If the relays and all the fuses are working okay, it’s most likely the electric fuel pump you are dealing with. The fuel pump may be broken or the fuel pump timing is incorrect.
And I strongly recommend contacting the service manager at the dealer if you are not sure what should you do.
John Deere 5055E Starter Problems
It’s serious because you may have to buy completely a new starter and solenoid just like many have already done!
This is how the problem appears…
You will keep trying the ignition switch over and over and the tractor won’t start. Sometimes, it will stop clicking and starting up completely.
Now, you may think of so many reasons causing this problem but this happens mainly when the starter has just gone bad or there is too much resistance in the starting circuit.
To be sure about it, you can get a voltmeter and check the voltage drop of each component during starting.
Once you are sure the starter has gone bad, you have to spend around $700 to get the starter and solenoid if the warranty period expires.
John Deere 5055E PTO Problems
It happens after few years of operation where the PTO disengages after just a few minutes. Now, some may assume it’s due to the high temperature running or overheating engine.
To solve this, make sure the PTO control level is connected to the cable and look for some adjustments. If that does not solve the problem, keep your head cool.
There is clear-cut instruction on this particular problem in the manual you received. Follow that service tech manual to solve this problem.
John Deere 5055E Power Reverser Problems
Under certain conditions like when it gets below 20 degrees, the power reverser does not work occasionally. And you may get an error code like PTR A.
It can happen when you stop the tractor to dump the load and then go backward or forward. And then you notice the Service Indicator Light flashing.
The frustration gets real when you won’t find anything about this in the manual. Sometimes, the problem goes away if you turn off the tractor and restart after a while.
But I have written an in-depth guide on what you should do when the tractor starts but won’t move forward or reverse. You can follow this guide.
Troubleshooting 5055E Tractor
Here is a list of quick tips you can follow upon facing the above-mentioned troubles and beyond:
- If the steering wheel of the tractor turns without any resistance, then it has a steering cylinder malfunction or it does not have minimum oil level. You need to top up the oil or repair the pump if the pump steering is broke.
- If the diesel motor won’t start, you need to fix the faulty starter or solve the piston ring failure. There may be dirt in the fuel system. If so, clean and wash the fuel system.
- You may face a trouble where the steering wheel operates very tightly. It happens when the hydraulic connections are not properly sealed. It may also happen due to defective steering pump and damaged power steering.
- For front axle cracking regularly, you need to replace the defective fear. For firmly erased ball bearings, you need to replace them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
John Deere 5055E comes with 55 HP.
Above the front axle, you can find the serial number on the side of the frame of the tractor.
A 553 loader can fit the 5055E tractor.
It can lift up to 3,192 lbs.
Yes, it’s a good one and it’s impressive in 4WD.
Being aware of those John Deere 5055E problems may lead you to think that it’s a bad one. But in fact, it’s not. It’s a workhorse and a highly recommended tractor.
Not a single of those problems is unique to this particular model. Other tractor brands have the same issues. Sometimes, even worse!
So, I still recommend having this one and make sure to ensure its regular maintenance to avoid those common issues.