John Deere 5045 Problems


Heavy-duty MFWD front axle with limited slip
MFWD 55-degree turn angle
Heavy-duty MFWD front axle with limited slip
MFWD indicator light
55 degree MFWD steering angle

MFWD indicator light

The heavy-duty, limited-slip MFWD front axle provides operators with increased drawbar traction and better traction when working in slippery conditions. This ensures that the operator gets the torque needed for applications that demand the most from the tractor. The MFWD front axle also reduces wheel slip with less tractor ballast to reduce soil compaction, increase fuel economy and extend tire life.

The MFWD centerline design provides excellent maneuverability around the job site and more headroom for cultivation, so growers are not cutting back on their harvest or profits. Additional versatility is demonstrated when the wheels are adjusted with a 6 degree turn angle and a 55 degree turn angle, resulting in a turning radius as short as 3m (with the brakes applied), which Allows great power to turn in tight places. The 10 degrees of axle oscillation adapts to uneven terrain, allowing for consistent performance and a comfortable ride.

Axle oscillation also reduces stress and maintenance cost on axles as loads are spread evenly across the entire axle. The centerline design eliminates the need for universal joints on the driveshaft that require regular maintenance. Driveline anti-kink shielding is standard to prevent crop material and debris from accumulating around the driveline and ensure tractor performance. All three grease points are conveniently located to minimize maintenance time and maximize front axle performance.

Excellent maneuverability, visibility, and comfort in one package with heavy-duty, two-wheel drive (2WD) front axle and cab

2WD front axle and cab on 41- to 55.9-kW (55- to 75-hp) 5E Tractors
NOTE: The MFWD actuation lever is located on the left side of the operator’s seat. For operator comfort, when 4WD is engaged, an indicator light appears on the instrument panel.

2WD front axle and cab on 5E tractors from 41 to 55.9 kW (55 to 75 hp)

  • Constructed of high-strength steel for increased reliability, the 2WD front axle is adjustable in 50.8 mm (2-inch) increments to suit a wide variety of applications.
  • The front axle provides 10 degrees of axle oscillation, allowing the axle to follow uneven terrain for consistent performance, a comfortable ride, and reduced axle spindle stress and maintenance costs.
  • A 55 degree steering angle provides excellent maneuverability for high torque tasks in tight spaces.

The steering cylinder is bolted directly to the rear of the front axle, so the axle housing protects the steering cylinder from potential punctures created by rough terrain, rocky ground conditions, or thick crop material.

2WD front axle
Expanding the 5E 3-cylinder tractor product range to offer a 2WD front axle in a cab configuration gives you the well-known benefits of 5E 3-cylinder tractors along with the ability to stay out of the elements and have tighter turning radius than 2WD front axles provide.

Intuitive controls to aide in simple operation

Adding ease to operation

Enhanced operator controls
2WD front axle

Improved operator controls

9F/3R SyncShuttle™ transmission – An easy-to-use transmission which saves time and effort

Nine forward and three reverse speeds with in-line synchronized shuttle shifting

Operator comfort is important regardless of the application. When upgrading the 3-cylinder 5E models, the hand throttle has been relocated to the right console. It is 12 inches closer to the operator and within arm’s reach than the previous location on the center console. Operators may also note the additional legroom provided by relocating the loader controls, providing a more enjoyable experience.

The SyncShuttle transmission is designed to match the excellent power and torque characteristics of John Deere PowerTech ™ engines. Transmission durability is enhanced with the pressure lubricated upper shaft, allowing the operator to get performance from job season to job season. Additionally, this base transmission is configured with fixed pull links, single speed power take-off (PTO), and mechanical PTO engagement.

The transmission is characterized as fully synchronized with the upper shaft (TSS) when shifting forward between gears, and is characterized as synchronized while the clutch is depressed.
2100 engine rpm
16.9-28 Tire
0. 671 RR Gear Rear wheel speed
Ground speed rpm
kmph A1 9.1
2.3 A2 12.4
3.1 A3 17.0
4.3 A Rev -13.5
-3.4 B1 23.1
5.8 B2 31.4
7.9 B3 43.2
10.9 B Rev -34.2
-8.6 C1 58.9
14.9 C2 80.3
20.3 C3 110.3
27.9 C Rev -87.3


Creeper available for R2 and R4 as a field installation kit with the following speeds in kmph. Creeper 1
0.40 Creeper 2
0.54 Creeper 3
0.75 Creeper Rev
Easy and comfortable shifting

Operator-friendly transmission controls with hand throttle
Synchronized shifting in all forward and reverse gears
Easy-to-use transmission controls with manual throttle
Range selection pattern
Synchronized shifting in all forward and reverse gears

Range selection pattern

Nine forward and three reverse speeds (9F / 3R) are achieved through the use of two deck mounted gear levers. The gear lever on the operator’s right selects one of three forward gears and one reverse gear, as well as the integrated park position. The range lever on the operator’s left hand selects ranges A, B and C for the neck shift.

Operators can easily change direction without having to come to a complete stop with the ability to shift in-line and synchro between forward and reverse gears on the gearshift lever in all three ranges (ranges A, B and C).

A neutral start switch requires the shift lever to be in the neutral or park position to start the engine.

12F/12R PowrReverser™ transmission is ideal for demanding applications

Electrohydraulic reverser lever
A positive parking pawl on the transmission provides positive parking and eliminates the need for a parking brake. This also eliminates clutch service costs that occur when the parking brake is accidentally left on.

Electro-hydraulic reversing lever

The PowrReverser transmission, manufactured by John Deere, offers 12 forward and 12 reverse gears for operators who require additional flexibility for multiple applications. It comes standard with an economical 540/540 power take-off (PTO) and electronically activated telescopic pull links. This transmission is ideal for operators who use their tractors in versatile applications.

Hydraulic forward and reverse wet clutches maximize durability and outlast the life of any dry clutch. When tractors are driven by multiple operators with a variety of experience levels, a wet clutch is the best way to maintain transmission integrity and performance while reducing clutch replacement costs.

The shift lever selects one of four speeds, all gears synchronized for on-the-fly shifting with the use of the clutch. The range lever selects the A, B and C ranges of the neck shift, which are not synchronized.

Maximum productivity is achieved with the hydraulic PowerShift between forward and reverse and is ideal for loader and rear shovel applications that require frequent direction changes in tight spaces. Excellent modulation allows the operator to shift the steering lever from neutral to forward or reverse, forward to reverse, reverse to forward, or to neutral from forward or reverse.

Operators can make all of these directional changes without sacrificing comfort or having to step on the clutch pedal. The speed of direction changes can be adjusted to operator preferences or application demands with the field-installed infinitely variable control kit.

The PowrReverser transmission also allows the operator to steer and change direction with the left hand, freeing up the right hand to operate other tractor controls, such as the loader, rear implements or the hand throttle.


Helical cut, constant mesh gears provide quieter operation and excellent reliability, while the pressure-lubricated upper shaft increases transmission durability. Rigid, fully enclosed shift linkages, offering short travel and crisp shifting, allow all operators to clearly know what range and gear they are operating in.

The transmission’s positive parking pawl provides positive parking and eliminates the need for a parking brake.

Configurations available
  • This also eliminates clutch service costs that occur when the parking brake is accidentally left on. A neutral start switch requires the directional lever to be in the neutral position to start the engine.
    • 5055E-5075E – Two Wheel Drive (2WD) / Four Wheel Drive (4WD) on Open Command Post (OOS) and Cab Models
    • 9F / 3R and 12F / 12R transmission offerings

    Loader Compatibility: 512 or 520M Loader

    Speed chart
    NOTE: The factory loader prep kit will be for the 520M loader only. Gear Total ratio
    Speed A1 337,841
    1.62 km / h (1 mph) A2 249,499
    2.19 km / h (1.36 mph) A3 184,589
    2.96 km / h (1.84 mph) A4 139,094
    3.93 km / h (2.44 mph) B1 117.21
    4.66 km / h (2.89 mph) B2 86,561
    6.31 km / h (3.92 mph) B3 64,041
    8.53 km / h (5.3 mph) B4 48,257
    11.32 km / h (7.04 mph) C1 40,541
    13.47 km / h (8.37 mph) C2 29.94
    18.25 km / h (11.34 mph) C3 22,151
    24.66 km / h (15.32 mph) C4 16,691

    32.73 km / h (20.34 mph)

    Final Tier 4-compliant PowerTech™ engines provide improved visibility

    A smaller, more efficient after-treatment device provides more space under the hood
    NOTE: 16.9×30 tire, 0.69 m (2.26 ft) tire radius, 2100 engine rpm.

    A smaller, more efficient aftertreatment device provides more space under the hood

    The 5045E, 5055E, 5065E, and 5075E utility tractors meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final (FT4) exhaust emissions regulations with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) system / Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Modification of the after-treatment device made it possible to improve front and side visibility around the bonnet. The hood pitch of the updated design is comparable to that of previously produced Tier 2 tractors. Like the 5M system, the purpose of the DOC / DPF combination is to reduce the toxic gases emitted from the exhaust, as well as to filter the particulates from becoming air.

    Exhaust filter cleaning switch
    As the tractor continues to operate over time, as with any filter, the DPF will accumulate particles and will need to be cleaned. Its cleaning is done through a process called regeneration. During a regeneration cycle, the temperature of the exhaust gases increases to burn off excess particles. On a John Deere 5 Series tractor equipped with a DOC / DPF, the operator does not need to provide any information to activate the regeneration process.

    Exhaust filter cleaning switch

    There is an exhaust filter cleaning switch on the dashboard. As long as this switch remains in the automatic position, the tractor is in full control of the regeneration process and will regenerate as needed during operation. The operator continues to operate the tractor normally while the regeneration process takes place.

    There may be times when a tractor is operating in an environment not suitable for a regeneration cycle, such as in a confined area or during service. For this reason, the lower section of the exhaust filter cleaning switch can be pressed to deactivate regeneration. The off position allows the operator to temporarily inhibit the regeneration cycle. The operator should return the switch to automatic mode as soon as possible to avoid further accumulation of soot on the exhaust filter, which can cause a parked regeneration. John Deere does not recommend disabling automatic exhaust filter cleaning unless absolutely necessary.

    Save fuel, reduce noise, and increase engine life in power take-off (PTO) applications with the 540/540 economy PTO

    Shiftable 540/540 economy PTO (5E) for cab tractors
    The simplicity and intuitiveness of the exhaust filter cleaning switch maximizes uptime by minimizing operator intervention in the regeneration process. This increases the overall productivity of the tractor by reducing the chances of a parked regeneration. The user-friendly interface allows the operator to easily complete the task at hand, even during the regeneration process.
    Shiftable 540/540 economy PTO (5E) for open operator station (OOS) tractors
    540/540 Travel Economy PTO (5E) for Cab Tractors

    540/540 Travel Economy PTO (5E) for Open Driving Position Tractors (OOS)

    The 540 economy PTO option comes standard with the PowrReverser ™ 12F / 12R transmission.

    The 540/540 economy PTO allows operators to select engine revs to reduce fuel consumption, lower noise levels, reduce vibrations and reduce engine wear, while at the same time maintaining the proper 540 rpm at the PTO.

    The economy PTO provides 540 rpm to the PTO at 1600 engine rpm. The 540 economy mode is ideal for any PTO application, from mower conditioner operation to baler or cutter, where the full power of the engine is not required.

    Running at lower engine revs lowers fuel costs by up to 30% and provides additional productivity by enhancing the operating experience thanks to increased operator comfort through reduced noise and vibration.

    A lever allows the operator to simply switch between 540 and 540E when conditions warrant the opportunity to save fuel without affecting performance.

    For heavy operations that require maximum PTO power, the PTO shift lever is set to the 540 position, the PTO engages, and the engine runs at a rated speed of 2,100 rpm. This selection provides 540 rpm to the PTO shaft and provides full advertised power at rated engine speed.

    When the cab tractor is in economy PTO mode, the engine is electronically limited to 1,600 rpm, preventing accidental overspeeding of PTO implements and protecting against PTO shaft binding.

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