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John Deere 3033R Troubleshooting

The John Deere 3033R compact tractor was manufactured from 2014 to 2021. The John Deere 3033R tractor is powered by 100.2 cu.in (1.6L) Yanmar 3TNV88 4-cycle 3-cylinder direct injection liquid-cooled diesel engine with a max output power of 33 hp (24.6 kW).

The John Deere 3033R is fitted with two transmission options: PowrReverser power shuttle transmission with 12 forward and 12 reverse gears, or three-range hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse gears. The maximum travel speed (forward and reverse): 19.1 mph (30.6 km/h) / 18.5 mph (29.8 km/h).

The open center hydraulic system used a gear pump with a rated capacity of 8.6 gal/min (32.7 l/min). The hydraulic system pressure is 172 bar (2500 psi). The tractor is equipped with a hydrostatic power steering, wet disc brakes, 7.00x14 (AG) or 27x8.50-15 (Turf) front tires, and 11.2x24 (AG) or 41x14.00-20 (Turf) rear tires. The wheel base is 68" (1720 mm).

The John Deere 3033R is compatible with the following attachments: 60" or 72" mid-mount 3-blade mower decks with cutting height of 1.5-6.0" (38-127 mm) and hydraulic lifting, John Deere H160 front-end loader with lift capacity to full height of 1360 lbs (616 kg), John Deere H165 front-end loader with lift capacity to full height of 1598 lbs (724 kg), John Deere 375A backhoe with 2-ft flat digging depth of 94" (2380 mm), and John Deere 385A backhoe with maximum digging depth of 103" (2610 mm).

Engine Troubleshooting
Engine hard starting or not starting
Fuel filter clogging - Replace filter element
Fuel supply valve is closed - Open fuel supply valve
Fuel lines leaking air - Tighten clamps, change faulty pipes
Clogged fuel injectors - Clean or replace fuel injectors
Fuel injection pump malfunctioning - Replace or rebuild injection pump
Low engine compression - Check cylinder block and change worn components
Diesel shuts off during operation
Coolant temperature is low - Engine is not warmed up to the required temperature
Fuel-line is leaking air - Retighten clamps, replace defective pipes
Irregular fuel injection - Adjust fuel injection timing
Plugged fuel filter - Change the filter element
Fuel injectors are clogged or faulty - Service or change fuel injectors
Engine starts but immediately stops
Timing of fuel injection pump is wrong - Check the fuel injection pump timing setting
Fuel filter clogging - Replace the filter element
Fuel injector nozzles fault - Install a new set of well-balanced nozzles
Fuel injection pump malfunction - Rebuild or install a new injection pump
Dirty air cleaner - Air cleaner maintenance required
Engine stalls when idle
Low idle speed setting is not correct - Adjust as required
Fuel injection pump malfunction - Change or repair the pump
Faulty fuel injector nozzles - Replace fuel injector nozzles
Valve clearance is wrong - Correct valve clearance needs to be set
Engine is overheated
Engine coolant is insufficient - The cooling system needs to be refilled. Repair any leaks if necessary
Cooling system parts are damaged or system is dirty - Change faulty components or service cooling system
Lack of engine oil - Checking oil level and add if necessary
Broken fan belt or incorrect belt tension - Adjust belt tension properly or replace it
Thermostat is defective - Check and change if necessary
Poor engine power
Dirty or faulty injectors - Check fuel injectors and replace if required
Fuel injection pressure is incorrect - Check the fuel injection pressure and adjust if necessary
Air filter element is clogged - Change or service air filter element
Clogged oil filter - Change or clean engine oil filter element
Engine is running overloaded - Load reducing required
The valve clearance is not adjusted - Adjust valve clearance
Incorrectly set low idle speed - Normalize low idle speed
Fuel pipes or hoses are dirty - Service fuel hoses and pipes
Insufficient engine compression: Leaking or broken valves - Valves need to be replaced
Engine noises or knocks
Unadjusted fuel injection pump timing - Check and correct adjustments
Dirty or defective injector nozzles - Install new set of properly balanced nozzles
Engine oil insufficient - Checking oil level and add if necessary
Engine is cold - Normalize the temperature by warming up the engine
Main bearings or crankshaft are worn out - Change defective components as required
Stuck or worn piston rings - Replace piston rings
Loose flywheel bolts - Inspect flywheel bolts and tighten properly
High oil consumption
External oil leaks: Damaged gaskets or seals - Replace to repair leaks
Wrong oil viscosity - Fill up with the proper oil viscosity
Stuck or worn piston rings - Replace piston rings
Valve stems and guides are worn - Need to replace the valves
Pistons or cylinder liners are scored - Check pistons and liners, replace as required


Electrical System Troubleshooting
Battery will not charge
Dead cell in battery - Battery replacement required
Battery wiring harness damage - Inspect battery wiring for damage, replace or repair
Corroded or loose battery terminals and cables - Tighten or clean terminals and cables
Belt is worn or belt tension is incorrectly adjusted - Adjust belt tension properly or replace belt
Starter motor cranks slow
Low battery output voltage - Battery needs to be recharged
Battery discharges quickly - Battery needs service or replacement
Battery cable harness damage - Check battery cables for damage, change or repair
Loose or corroded battery cables and terminals - Tighten or service terminals and cables
Starter motor is not working
Low battery capacity - Battery needs to be recharged
Discharged or worn battery - Change or recharge battery
Starter motor is damaged - Repair or change starter
Battery cables are disconnected or incorrectly connected - Check cables and reconnect it correctly

Transmission Troubleshooting
Difficult to shift gears
Incorrectly adjusted or damaged clutch - Clutch needs to be adjusted or changed
Loose or broken gear shift linkage - Replace or repair the shift linkage
Shift forks are worn or damaged - Shift forks need to be replaced
Defective gearshift mechanism - Replace defective components
Low transmission oil pressure
Low transmission oil level - Checking transmission oil level and add if necessary
Transmission fluid filter clogging (if fitted) - Replace or clean transmission fluid filter
Relief valve is defective - Replace relief valve
Transmission noise
Cracked or worn bearings - Replace faulty bearings
Insufficient fluid supply - Check transmission fluid level and add it as required
Contaminated transmission oil - Fill up with fresh transmission oil
Gears are worn or backlash is improper - Replace gears or adjust backlash properly
Shift forks are damaged or worn - Change the shift forks
Transmission fluid leaking
Broken gaskets or seals - Replace worn seal or gaskets
Cracked transmission case - Install a new transmission case

Hydrostatic Transmission Troubleshooting
HST transmission is making noise
Transmission oil level is too low or oil is dirty - Pour fresh oil or add oil to proper level
Worn or misadjusted speed control rod linkage - Repair or adjust link rod linkage
Relief valve failure - Install a new relief valve
Excessive loading - Load needs to be reduced
Worn or damaged transmission components - After disassembling and checking, change defective parts
Hot transmission oil
Insufficient oil supply - Fill the transmission housing to proper oil level
Clogged transmission fluid filter element - Change or clean the transmission fluid filter
Damaged or clogged cooling components - Inspect all cooling components and replace or clean if necessary
Excessive loading - Reduce the load is required
Loss of power
Insufficient oil supply - Checking transmission oil level and add if necessary
Charge pressure is too low - Check charge pressure
Worn or defective relief valve - Change relief valve
Transmission fluid leaks
Gaskets or seals are broken - Replace worn gaskets or seal
High pressure inside the transmission housing - Inspect hydrostatic transmission parts for malfunction and change if required
Plugged transmission fluid return tube - Inspect tube and service if required


Hydraulics Troubleshooting
Hydraulic system overheats
Hydraulic system pressure is not adjusted correctly - Correct adjustment is required
Main relief valve is faulty or misadjusted - Adjust or replace the relief valve
Hydraulic fluid contamination - Change hydraulic fluid
Hydraulic system sucks air - Check the pump seals, suction line, and fittings
Low hydraulic system pressure
Hydraulic fluid level is insufficient - Fill the hydraulic system with oil
Hydraulic fluid filter element clogging - Replace filter element or clean if required
Hydraulic pump is defective - Test the pump performance and change pump if required
Hydraulic spool valve block is faulty or out of adjustment - Replace or set properly
Hydraulic cylinder is defective - Inspect cylinder parts for wear or damage and replace if required
Leakage in hydraulic lines - Detect leaks in the system and fix it
Three-point hitch lifting is too slow or cannot be lifted
Not enough hydraulic fluid in the system - Add fluid to the hydraulic system
Hydraulic oil is too cold - Allow oil to warm
Hydraulic fluid filter is clogged - Install a new hydraulic filter element
Faulty hydraulic oil pump - Flow-rate hydraulic pump and replace pump if necessary
Defective or misadjusted main relief valve - Set up or change the relief valve
Damaged or incorrect adjusted hydraulic control valve - Change or adjust correctly
Hydraulic cylinder failure - Check cylinder parts for wear or damage and replace if necessary
Loose or damaged suction line - Tighten or replace
3-point hitch fails to drop or drops slowly
Hydraulic spool valve is defective or set improper - Adjust properly or replace
Faulty hydraulic cylinder - Inspect cylinder components for wear or damage and change if required
Hitch cross shaft is worn - Replace the shaft
The hitch is defective if there is internal mechanical damage - Change worn or defective hitch parts
Hitch is lowered or raised jerkily
Air in hydraulic system - Check the pump seals, suction pipe, and fittings
Dirty hydraulic oil - The oil must be changed
Defective hydraulic pump - Test the pump flow rate and change pump if required
Hydraulic spool valve block is defective or set improper - Set properly or replace
Hydraulic cylinder malfunction - Inspect the hydraulic cylinder parts for damage or wear and replace if required

Steering System Troubleshooting
Heavy steering
Defective or incorrectly installed steering column - Reinstall the steering column or change it
Air trapped in the steering system - Bleed the system of air
Incorrect toe-in adjustment - Adjust toe-in correctly
Tires are deflated - Need to inflate tires
Steering pump malfunction - Repair or replace steering pump
Power steering control valve is defective or worn - Inspect and change as required
Defective or stuck relief valve - Flush relief valve or change if necessary
Low steering fluid level - Fill the steering system with fluid
Steering system oil leak - Retighten the connections of the hydraulic steering lines and hoses
Excessive steering wheel free play
Steering column shaft or coupling is worn out - Change defective part
Power steering control valve is damaged or worn - Replace or repair steering valve as required
Worn steering pump - Check the steering pump and replace if necessary
Steering tie-rod ends or linkage are defective - Replace damaged part
Tractor is pulling to left or right
Low tire pressure - Inflate the tires
Improper toe-in adjustment - Check and adjust toe-in
Steering tie-rod ends or linkage are worn - Change failed part
Worn or defective power steering control valve - Replace or repair steering valve as required
Power steering cylinder failure - Repair or change steering cylinder
Front hub bearings are incorrectly adjusted or worn - Adjust correctly or replace bearings

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