Operator`s manual | Cub Cadet M466 Automobile User Manual

Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
Operator’s Manual
4 x 4 Utility Vehicle — Models M466, M467, & M46E
Printed In USA
Form No. 769-04153A
(September 9, 2008)
To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing a Utility Vehicle manufactured by
Cub Cadet LLC. It was carefully engineered to provide excellent
performance when properly operated and maintained.
Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.
It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and
maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other
persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the
recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
All information in this manual is relative to the most recent
product information available at the time of printing. Review
this manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine,
its features and operation. Please be aware that this Operator’s
Manual may cover a range of product specifications for various
models. Characteristics and features discussed and/or illustrated
in this manual may not be applicable to all models. Cub Cadet
LLC reserves the right to change product specifications, designs
and equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.
If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine,
phone your local Cub Cadet dealer or contact us directly. Cub
Cadet’s Customer Support telephone numbers, website address
and mailing address can be found on this page. We want to
ensure your complete satisfaction at all times.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related
issues with regards to performance, power-rating, specifications,
warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s
Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your
machine, for more information.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3
Controls & Features.................................................. 8
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................14
Maintenance Chart................................................ 20
Specifications.......................................................... 22
Troubleshooting..................................................... 23
Warranty................................................................. 28
Record Product Information
Model Number
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate under the operator’s seat. Flip the seat forward to
view the model plate. This information will be necessary, should
you seek technical support via our web site or with your local
Cub Cadet dealer.
Serial Number
Customer Support
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or maintenance of
this machine, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
Visit us on the web at www.cubcadet.com
Locate your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer at (877) 282-8684
Write us at Cub Cadet LLC • P.O. Box 361131 • Cleveland, OH • 44136-0019
Important Safe Operation Practices
WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed,
could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow
all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply
with these instructions may result in personal injury.
When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING!
California Proposition 65
WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
WARNING: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the
operator can result in serious injury. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could
result in serious injury or death.
General Operation
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the vehicle
and in the manual before attempting to operate or service.
Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular
reference and for ordering replacement parts.
this manual and should be trained and supervised by a
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways. This vehicle is not intended for use on any public
Do not operate this vehicle while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
This is an off-road utility vehicle and it should not be
operated on public highways. Know and comply with all
laws and regulations governing the use of off-highway
vehicles in your area.
Never carry more than one passenger. This vehicle is
designed to carry the driver and one passenger only.
No riders are allowed in cargo box or anywhere else on
This vehicle handles and maneuvers differently than
a normal passenger car. Sharp high speed turns and
abrupt maneuvers can cause vehicle to roll over or go out
of control. Slow down when turning and avoid abrupt
Keep all body parts (i.e. head, arms, hands, legs, feet) inside
vehicle when vehicle is in motion.
Always remain seated and keep both hands on the steering
wheel when driving the vehicle.
Sit on the center of the seat and keep both feet within the
foot platform perimeter. Clean foot platform if dirty and
remove any debris from around foot controls, e.g. brake
Do not misuse the utility vehicle. It is an utility vehicle, not
a recreation vehicle or toy. Recreational riding can lead to
accidents, severe bodily injury or death.
Inspect area around vehicle before moving, especially in
reverse. Back up slowly. Always look down and behind
before and while backing to avoid a back-over accident.
Keep bystanders out of area.
Handling and maneuvering characteristics of vehicle
change depending upon cargo load. Heavy loads affect
steering, braking, stability, and overall handling of vehicle.
Be familiar with all instructions and controls and their
proper operation before starting vehicle.
Never allow adults to operate this vehicle without proper
Never allow children under 16 years old to operate this
vehicle. Children 16 years old and over should read and
understand the operation instructions and safety rules in
Avoid driving through water, since loss of control may
occur. Drive belt may slip if exposed to water thus reducing
vehicle pulling power and stopping vehicle entirely.
Always use vehicle lights while operating in low light
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and rollover
accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. If a slope is
steeper than a 15° incline, do not operate this unit on that area.
Exercise extreme caution while operating on slopes.
Do not mount or leave vehicle while it is in motion or in
actual operation.
Avoid sudden starts, stops, or turns and always use a level
turn-around area.
Travel straight up and down slopes, not across. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Never leave vehicle unattended with the key in the ignition.
Always turn key to the “Stop” position, set the parking
brake and remove key.
Travel slowly while on a slope. Always keep the forward
speed limited when going down slopes to take advantage
of the motor braking action.
Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under
low hanging tree branches, wires, power lines, bridges,
before entering or leaving buildings, or in any other
situation where the operator and/or operator protective
structure (OPS) may be struck, which could result in serious
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Avoid
starting or stopping on a slope.
Avoid slopes with slippery, loose, or bumpy surfaces as
they are especially hazardous.
Use extra care while carrying cargo. It may affect the
stability of the vehicle. Spread the load evenly or tie down.
22. Use the operator protective structure (OPS) and seat belt
for safe operation. Overturning the utility vehicle without
a operator protective structure (OPS), or with a operator
protective structure (OPS) and the seat belt unfastened,
can result in death or injury.
Do Not:
Do not travel near drop-offs, ditches or embankments. The
vehicle could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge
of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge caves in.
Always use the seat belt, except if the operator protective
structure (OPS) has been removed.
Improper use of the vehicle or failure to properly maintain
it could result in decreased vehicle performance or
personal injury.
Do not stop or start suddenly when going uphill or
downhill. Be especially cautious when changing direction
on slopes.
Do not turn sideways to the hill. The vehicle may roll over. If
you must turn, go slow and do so carefully and gradually.
Do not carry cargo on steep slopes or tow loads.
Engine must be stopped when cleaning, servicing,
adjusting, repairing, or installing attachments on utility
After striking foreign objects, stop the unit and shut off the
engine. Inspect for damage and repair the damage before
restarting and operating equipment.
Do not start or operate vehicle in an inside area, unless it
is adequately ventilated. Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide fumes, which are very poisonous and can be
28. Do not change engine governor setting or over speed the
engine. The governor is set at the factory for safe operating
Assure safety interlock switch is adjusted correctly so
engine cannot be started unless gearshift is in the neutral
Do not touch engine or muffler while engine is running or
soon after it is stopped. They will be hot and can cause a
Slope Operation
Always inspect your vehicle each time you use it to make
sure it is in safe operating condition. Always follow the
inspection and maintenance procedures and schedules
described in this manual.
If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgement. Contact your local service
center or call toll free 1-877-282-8684 for the name of your
nearest service center.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Always use an approved hitch and hitch point provided on
the utility vehicle.
Do not tow more than 1400 lbs. rolling weight (i.e. trailer
plus cargo).
Never load more than 140 lbs. tongue weight on tow
bracket provided.
Go slow and use extra care when towing a trailer. Allow for
increased braking distance. Load trailer properly.
Do not tow heavy loads on slopes greater than 5° incline.
When going downhill or turning, the extra weight tends to
push the tow vehicle and may cause you to loose control
(i.e. braking and steering ability are reduced, towed
equipment may jack-knife and cause utility vehicle to
Cargo Box Loading/Operation
Do not exceed vehicle’s Total Load Capacity rating of 1,400
lbs. This includes operator, passenger, accessories, and
Do not exceed 1000 lbs. load in cargo box.
Spread load evenly and secure to prevent movement.
Do not load above height of cargo box front panel. Load
could shift forward and injure driver or passenger.
Avoid loads which exceed the physical dimensions of cargo
Go slow. Heavy loads will affect steering, braking, stability,
and overall handling of the vehicle. Limit loads to those
that can be safely controlled.
Avoid sudden starts, stops, and turns which could cause
load to shift.
Cargo Box Lift
Stop vehicle on level ground and set Parking Brake before
raising cargo box.
On manual lift units, unload cargo box before raising cargo
Do not operate vehicle with cargo box in raised position.
Do not operate vehicle with cargo box latch unlatched.
Always re-latch upon manually lowering cargo box.
When using optional electric lift:
Stay in driver’s seat.
Keep body parts away from cargo box and keep all
bystanders away.
Do not allow rear wheels to hang over the edge of
a drop-off when raising cargo box. The load in the
cargo box may shift causing the vehicle to tip over
Safety Frame (OPS)
Your vehicle is equipped with a operator protective
structure (OPS) which must be maintained in a fully
functional condition. Use care when driving through
doorways or spaces with a low overhead.
Never modify the OPS in any way.
Never attempt to straighten or reweld any part of
the main frame or retaining brackets that have been
damaged. Doing so may weaken the structure and
endanger your safety.
Keep children out of the immediate area of the
vehicle and in watchful care of a responsible adult
other than the operator.
Be alert and turn the vehicle off if a child enters the
Before and while backing, look behind and down for
small children.
Never carry small children, they may fall off and
be seriously injured or interfere with safe vehicle
Use extreme care while approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees or other objects that may
block your vision of a child who may run into the
path of the vehicle.
Remove key when vehicle is unattended to prevent
unauthorized operation.
Never allow children under 16 years old to operate this
vehicle. Children 16 years old and over should read and
understand the operation instructions and safety rules in
this manual and should be trained and supervised by a
Do not let children ride in the cargo box, in the driver’s or
passenger’s lap or anywhere other than the passenger seat.
Never give small children a ride; not even in the passenger
seat. They may fall off.
Safe Handling Of Fuel (Gasoline/ Diesel):
To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme
care in handling fuel. Fuel is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur
when it is spilled on yourself or your clothes which can
ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
Use only an approved fuel container.
Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place
containers on the ground away from your vehicle
before filling.
When practical, remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground.
If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on
a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a
fuel dispenser nozzle.
Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel
tank or container opening at all times until fueling is
complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
Never fuel machine indoors.
Never remove fuel cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
Never secure any parts other than Cub Cadet
approved accessories on the main frame or attach
the safety frame with anything other than the
special fasteners specified.
Never attach ropes, chains, or cables to the OPS for
pulling purposes.
Although the OPS, when used with a properly
secured seat belt, provides a crush-protective
environment in the event of a tip-over or rollover,
never take unnecessary risks.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to
the presence of children. Children are often attracted to
the vehicle. They do not understand the dangers. Never
assume that children will remain where you last saw them.
Avoid run over accidents.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½
inch below bottom of filler neck to allow space for
fuel expansion.
Replace fuel cap and tighten securely.
If fuel is spilled, wipe it off the engine and
equipment. Move unit to another area. Wait 5
minutes before starting the engine.
To reduce fire hazards, keep engine compartment
and exhaust system free of grass, leaves, or other
debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliances.
Prior to disposal, determine the proper method to dispose
of waste from your local Environmental Protection Agency.
Recycling centers are established to properly dispose of
materials in an environmentally safe fashion.
Use proper containers when draining fluids. Do not use
food or beverage containers that may mislead someone
into drinking from them. Properly dispose of the containers
immediately following the draining of fluids.
If applicable, escaping hydraulic fluid under pressure can
penetrate the skin. If fluid is injected into the skin, seek
immediate medical attention. Do not use your hand to
check for leaks. Use a piece of cardboard or paper.
DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the ground, down a
drain or into a stream, pond, lake or other body of water.
Observe Environmental Protection Agency regulations
when disposing of oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, filters,
batteries, tires and other harmful waste.
We do not recommend the use of a pressure washer or
garden hose to clean your unit. They may cause damage to
electrical components; spindles; pulleys; bearings; or the
engine. The use of water will result in shortened life and
reduce serviceability.
General Service
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless,
and deadly gas.
Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain
all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark
plug wires and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear
during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.
If equipped, the cooling system is under pressure. Never
remove the radiator cap when the system is hot. Slowly
turn the cap the to the first stop to release pressure before
removing the cap.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), Utility Vehicles have an Average Useful Life of seven
(7) years, or 390 hours of operation. At the end of the
Average Useful Life, have the unit inspected annually by
an authorized service dealer to ensure that all mechanical
and safety systems are working properly and not worn
excessively. Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries
or death.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil,
etc. to protect the environment.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Do not modify engine
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
Notice Regarding Emissions
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM), Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air
Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
Spark Arrestor
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal
combustion engine and should not be used on or
near any unimproved forest-covered, brushcovered
or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust
system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting
applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective
working order by the operator. In the State of California the
above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws
apply on federal lands.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
Hot Surface - Do not touch.
Avoid injury from explosion. Do not place fuel container in cargo box when fueling.
No riders in cargo box or anywhere other than seats.
Do not operate on slopes greater than 15°.
MAX 15º
Always wear the seat belt when operating the utility vehicle equipped with an OPS .
However, if the OPS is not present or has been removed, the seat belt must not be used.
Only one person in each seat.
Falling off or rollover may cause serious injury or death.
Riders can fall off and be seriously injured or killed.
warning: Your Responsibility—Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and
follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Controls and Features
Figure 4-1
Check Engine Light
4x4 Switch
Ignition Switch
12 Volt Power Outlet
Brake Pedal
Accelerator Pedal
Differential Lock Lever
Shift Lever
Parking Brake Lever
Cup Holders
Warning Light Cluster
Seat Belts
Engine Over-Temp Light
Fuel Tank
Read this operator’s manual, safety labels, and operating instructions on the vehicle before operating. Compare the illustrations in
this manual with your unit to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments. Reference to the right or left
hand side of unit is observed from the operating position. Save this manual for future reference.
IMPORTANT: Read the Kohler Engine operator’s manual before operating this vehicle to familiarize yourself with the engine controls
and adjustments.
Accelerator Pedal
Engine Over-Temp Light
The accelerator pedal is located on the right side of the floor
beneath the dash panel. Depressing the accelerator pedal will
move the vehicle in the direction selected on the gearshift. As
the pedal is depressed, speed will increase to the maximum
selected range. Releasing the pedal reduces the speed, but does
not stop the vehicle. The brake must be applied to stop vehicle.
See Fig. 4-1.
The engine over-temp light (red) is located on the dash panel on
the right side of the warning light cluster. When lit, this indicates
that the engine is running too hot, and MUST be immediately
shut off and allowed to cool.
Brake Pedal
The brake pedal is located on the left side of the floor beneath
the dash panel. Remove foot from accelerator pedal apply
pressure to the brake pedal evenly until vehicle slows down and
stops. See Fig. 4-1.
Parking Brake Lever
The parking lever is located to the left of the driver’s seat. It holds
the brake in the engaged position for parking. See Fig. 4-1.
To engage the parking lever, pull up on the parking brake lever,
and parking brake light on dash will come on to indicate parking
brake is engaged.
To release parking brake, push down on brake pedal, depress
button on top of park brake lever, and move lever to off position.
Ignition Switch
WARNING: Never leave a running machine
unattended. Always set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
The ignition switch is located to the right of the steering wheel
on the left side of the dash panel. To start the engine, insert the
key into the ignition switch and turn clockwise to the START
position. Release the key into the Run position once engine has
fired. See Fig. 4-1.
Refer to Starting The Engine in the Operation Section of this
manual for detailed starting instructions.
Warning Light Cluster
The warning light cluster is located in the middle of the dash
panel. See Fig. 4-2. There are four warning lights: battery, parking
brake light, engine oil pressure light, and low fuel light.
NOTE: The engine will stall when the parking brake is engaged
and the unit is not in Neutral.
Shift Lever
The shift lever is located in the center console between the
seats and has four positions, FORWARD, LOW, NEUTRAL,
and REVERSE. The brake pedal must be depressed and the
utility vehicle must not be in motion when the moving shift
NOTE: To shift into LOW, move the shift lever from the
neutral position towards the passenger seat and then
HOURS 1/10
IMPORTANT: Never force the shift lever. Doing so
may result in serious damage to the utility vehicle’s
Differential Lock Lever
The differential lock lever is located in the center console
between the seats. When engaged, the differential lever locks
the rear differential so both rear wheels will pull equally. See Fig.
Check Engine Light
The check engine light (green) is located on the dash panel on
the left side of the warning light cluster. See Fig. 4-1. When lit,
take unit to your Cub Cadet dealer for a diagnostic test.
Figure 4-2
The engine oil pressure light activates when engine has low oil
pressure. The battery light will indicate that the battery is low on
power. The low fuel light activates when fuel is low in the tank.
The parking light indicates that the parking brake is engaged.
Hour Meter
The hour meter is located in the center of the warning light
cluster. It reads the elapsed time key is in the Run or Accy.
position. See Fig. 4-2.
Section 4 — Controls and Features
NOTE: Every 50 hours a “change oil” message will flash on the
display for 2 minutes every time the tractor is started. This
message will repeat for the first two minutes after each 50 hour
interval. The oil pressure indicator light will also flash when
this display is active. Before the interval expires, change the
crankcase oil as instructed in the Engine Manual.
4x4 Switch
The 4x4 switch is located on the right side of the dash panel.
Push in top/bottom of switch to activate or deactivate 4x4
capability. See Fig. 4-1.
12V Power Outlet
The 12V power outlet is located in the center of the dash panel.
It is used for the convenience of plugging in accessories that
require a power source with a maximum load of 5 amps at 12
volts. See Fig. 4-1.
Cup Holders
The cup holders are located between the seats. They are
designed for the use of non-alcoholic beverages.
WARNING: Never operate this vehicle while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs. Doing so can result
in serious personal injury or death.
The passenger seat is secured with a wing nut located on the
interior rear corner of the seat plate, underneath the seat belt.
See Fig. 4-1 insert. To lift the seat remove the wing nut, then lift
the seat.
The driver seat has a tool box underneath it, which can be easily
accessed by lifting the seat. This box may be removed by turning
the two 1/4” fasteners securing it to the frame for easy access to
battery, etc.
The seats can be adjusted by removing the bolts securing them
to the seat pan. Move the seat to the desired holes in the seat
pan, and reattach the seat using the bolts removed earlier. See
Fig. 4-3.
Figure 4-3
Seat Belts
The seat belts are located on either side of the driver and
passenger seats. When used together with the OPS (Rollover
Protective Structure) they are effective in reducing injuries to the
operator in the event of an accidental rollover.
WARNING: Always wear the seat belt when
operating the utility vehicle equipped with a OPS.
However, if the OPS is not present or has been
removed, the seat belt must not be used.
Cargo Box
The cargo box is raised by a gas spring. Manually remove the
contents of the cargo box before lifting the cargo box. Pull up on
the release latch located behind the driver’s seat and lift up the
cargo box. Once the cargo box is in the raised position, access to
the engine is possible. If equipped with a electrical lift, the cargo
box can be raised to dump cargo.
IMPORTANT: Do not exceed the vehicle’s Total Load Capacity
of 1,400 lb., which includes driver, passenger, accessories, and
cargo. Do not exceed 1000 lbs. in the cargo box.
Section 4— Controls and Features
Filling Fuel Tank
Stopping Engine
Stop vehicle on a level surface and apply parking brake.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP position and remove the
To stop utility vehicle, release accelerator pedal and
depress brake pedal until vehicle comes to a complete
Allow engine to cool several minutes before you add fuel.
Put unit back into Neutral.
Clean area around fuel cap and remove cap.
Lock parking brake and turn key switch to STOP position.
Fill tank with fresh, unleaded, regular grade fuel only to
bottom of filler neck. Use a minimum of 87 octane.
Remove the key when not in use.
After refueling, make sure tank cap is closed securely.
WARNING: The vehicle will roll if the parking brake
is not engaged and locked.
Starting Engine
WARNING: This is an off-road utility vehicle and it
should not be operated on public highways. Know
and comply with all laws and regulations governing
the use of off-highway vehicles in your area.
IMPORTANT: Before starting the engine read this manual and the
Kohler Engine manual thoroughly to understand all instructions.
Driving Utility Vehicle
Adjust the operator’s seat to the most comfortable position
that allows you to operate all controls and pedals. See Seat
Adjustment in the Controls & Features section.
Adjust the seat belt to fit snugly but comfortably around
your lap, then buckle the seat belt.
WARNING: Do not run an engine in an enclosed
area. Move the vehicle to an outside area before
running the engine.
IMPORTANT: Tires are shipped over-inflated. Reduce inflation
pressure in all tires to approximately 14-18 psi.
Sit in the operator’s seat and place key switch in STOP
Put into Neutral.
Lock parking brake.
WARNING: DO NOT use the seat belt if the OPS has
been removed from the utility vehicle.
Make sure front wheels are turned to the desired direction.
Depress brake pedal to release parking brake.
Move the shift lever in the center console to the desired
setting. To avoid damaging transmission, depress brake
pedal fully and make sure vehicle is completely stopped
before shifting into Forward, LOW, or Reverse.
NOTE: Use the Forward range when travelling on level and
stable surfaces. Use the LOW Forward range when climbing
or descending slopes or on unstable surfaces.
NOTE: Engine will stop when the parking brake is engaged
and the unit is not in Neutral.
Turn key to the START position.
Release key to the RUN position when engine starts.
If engine does not start, wait a few seconds and repeat
Release parking brake.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT run the starter continuously for
more than 5 seconds, otherwise the battery may discharge
IMPORTANT: Do not operate the engine under full load
until engine has warmed up.
WARNING: Do not stop or start suddenly when
going uphill or downhill. Be especially cautious
when changing direction on slopes. Apply brakes
when going down slopes to maintain control of
Release brake pedal and apply pressure to the accelerator
Release accelerator and apply brake pedal evenly and
firmly to slow down or stop.
Engaging 4x4
Electric Lift (Optional)
The 4x4 switch is located on the right side of the dash panel. See
the Controls & Features section.
Park the vehicle safely and turn key to the RUN position.
Raise cargo box by pressing and holding top of electric lift
switch. Release switch when box is at desired dump height
or when maximum height is reached.
To engage, stop or slow vehicle speed and push up on the
switch. All four wheels will now continue to have power.
NOTE: A ratcheting noise will indicate cargo box is at full
extension. The same noise will also be heard when cargo
box is at the full down position. If lift capacity of the power
lift is exceeded, a ratcheting will also be heard.
IMPORTANT: Engage the 4x4 feature as the first option
when stuck in mud or similar situation where two wheel
drive is ineffective at moving vehicle.
If still unable to move vehicle with the 4x4 engaged,
disengage 4x4 by pushing down on the switch and
engaging the differential lock as described below.
Engaging Differential Lock
Dumping Load From Cargo Box
The differential lock lever is located in the center console
between the seats. See Know Your Utility Vehicle.
Back up the vehicle to the dump site and apply parking
Unlatch the tailgate from cargo box.
If using an electric lift, raise cargo box to dump load and
lower box when empty.
To engage, stop vehicle, place into Neutral, and pull the
lever rearward. The differential will then lock and remain
so until it is disengaged, giving continuous power to both
rear wheels.
WARNING: The center of gravity changes as a
loaded cargo box is raised. Do not allow rear wheel
to hang over the edge of a loading dock or ravine.
The cargo box weight may shift over center and
vehicle could tip over backwards.
IMPORTANT: Engage the differential as the last option when
stuck in mud or similar situation or when the left and right side
wheels are turning at slightly different speeds.
WARNING: To avoid transmission damage, injury,
or turf damage, go slow when operating vehicle
with differential lock engaged as steering response
is noticeably reduced. Also, do not drive the unit
with the differential lock engaged on concrete,
asphalt or any high traction surfaces.
Disengaging Differential Lock
To disengage the differential lock, stop the unit, place in
Neutral, and push the lever forward.
Raising & Lowering Cargo Box
WARNING: A loaded cargo box can be very heavy.
Do not attempt to dump a loaded cargo box unless
vehicle is equipped with an electric lift option.
IMPORTANT: If dumping by electric lift, stop
immediately if actuator clutch slippage occurs. Lower cargo box
completely and remove excess load by hand before dumping.
injury from unintentional lowering of the cargo box,
be sure vehicle is on a level and stable surface and
parking brake is locked before raising cargo box.
Manual Lift
Park the vehicle safely on level ground and set parking
Empty cargo by hand and unlatch cargo box by pulling up
on the cargo latch.
While holding the latch up, lift the cargo box.
Lower and allow bed to re-latch cargo box before
operating unit.
Section 5— Operation
Reconnect the tailgate to the cargo box. Do not drive the
vehicle with cargo box in the raised position.
Loading the Cargo Box
WARNING: The utility vehicle may become
unstable if the cargo box is loaded incorrectly. Avoid
loose and shifting loads or uneven loading of
WARNING: To prevent the possibility of bodily
To lower cargo box, push on bottom of electric lift switch.
Turn ignition switch to the STOP position.
Verify cargo box is latched before loading.
Securely anchor all loads in cargo box and do not load
beyond maximum capacity.
The maximum box capacity is 1,000 lbs..
When loading objects into vehicle, be sure load is securely
anchored and evenly distributed in cargo box.
Do not load above height of cargo box front panel. Load
could shift forward striking driver or passenger or cause
driver to loose control of vehicle.
Avoid loads which exceed physical dimensions of cargo
Avoid concentrated loads at rear or side of cargo box. Be
sure load is distributed evenly.
Reduce load and ground speed when operating over
rough or hilly terrain. DO NOT overload vehicle. Limit loads
to those that can be safely controlled.
Towing Loads
WARNING: To help prevent personal injury due to
loss of control or tipping, always tow a load slowly
enough to maintain control.
Do not tow a load that exceeds 1,400 lbs. rolling weight (i.e.
trailer plus cargo) and never exceed 140 lbs. tongue weight.
Go slow when towing a heavy load. Allow for increased
braking distance. Tow load at a speed slow enough to
maintain control.
Do not tow on slopes greater than 5°.
Be particularly cautious when towing down even a gradual
slope or turning. The extra weight tends to push the tow
vehicle and may cause you to lose control (braking and
steering ability are reduced; towed equipment may jackknife).
IMPORTANT: Extreme angles such as high railroad
crossings can place high bending loads on hitch
connection. If traversing terrain where these conditions
exist, use of a ball or pintle type hitch is recommended.
Always use approved hitch and hitch point provided for the
utility vehicle. Do not modify the hitch in any way.
Transporting Vehicle
IMPORTANT: Never tow the vehicle. Transmission damage will
occur if vehicle is towed. Haul the vehicle on a heavy-duty trailer
or on a full-size truck.
Once the utility vehicle is loaded onto the trailer or truck,
leave transaxle gearshift lever in forward or reverse.
Apply parking brake during transport.
Fasten vehicle to trailer or truck with straps, chains, or
Operator Protective Structure (OPS)
This utility vehicle is equipped with a Operator Protection
Structure (OPS) and seat belts. When used together they are
effective in reducing crushing injuries to the operator in the
event of an accidental rollover or tip-over. The safety provided by
the OPS is minimized if the seat belt is not properly adjusted AND
WARNING: Always wear the seat belt when
operating the utility vehicle equipped with a OPS.
However, if the OPS is not present or has been
removed, the seat belt must not be used.
Use the following guidelines when using a utility vehicle
equipped with a OPS:
Be aware of overhead clearances in the area of operation.
Check for clearance of door (or gate) openings and other
overhead objects such as utility lines and tree branches.
Overhead objects could catch the OPS and upset the utility
Do not modify the OPS by drilling holes for, or welding
accessories to the structure.
Do not use the OPS to pull objects with the utility vehicle.
Use ONLY the utility vehicle hitch for pulling.
In the event of an accident, have the OPS carefully
inspected and, if necessary, replaced by your Cub Cadet
dealer. Do not attempt to repair the OPS.
Section 5 — Operation
Maintenance & Adjustments
Use a permanent type antifreeze containing corrosion and rust
inhibitors. Dilute the antifreeze with water at a 1 : 1 ratio to mix
the coolant solution (50% antifreeze : 50% water).
Air Filter
The engine air filter should be changed every 50 hours. Change
more frequently if operated in extremely dusty conditions.
Pull up on latch and turn counter-clockwise to release air
cleaner cover. See Fig. 6-1.
NOTE: Distilled water is recommended for the coolant solution
IF your tap water has a high mineral content. Minerals cause
scaling in the engine and the radiator coolant passages. System
efficiency will be greatly reduced over time and severe engine
damage may result. Refer to the antifreeze manufacturer’s
instructions for additional information on dilution procedures.
Check the coolant level when the engine is cold and the
utility vehicle is on a level surface.
Raise the hood and check the coolant level in the overflow
reservoir on the right side of the radiator.
If the coolant level is below the “LOW” mark, remove the
cap from the reservoir and add coolant solution to the
“FULL” mark. Refer to Fig. 6-2.
Figure 6-1
Remove cover. Remove and inspect air cleaner element. If
excessively dirty or damaged, replace element.
Reattach cover and secure with latch.
IMPORTANT: When reattaching cover, make certain that
dust valve is pointing downward. See Fig. 6-1 inset.
Read the Kohler engine operator’s manual for any service or
maintenance information pertaining to the engine.
Engine Coolant
Checking Engine Coolant Level
Before each use, the engine coolant level in the overflow
reservoir should be checked to ensure it is within the operating
range. Engine coolant absorbs heat from the engine and
transfers the heat to the air flowing through the radiator. If the
coolant level becomes low, the engine may overheat and could
cause severe damage to the engine.
Figure 6-2
NOTE: The cooling system is a closed type. Normally, to prevent
air from entering the system, the radiator cap should not be
If the overflow reservoir is empty, the radiator cap should be
removed and the coolant level in the radiator checked before
adding coolant to the reservoir. If necessary, first refill the system
through the radiator filler neck as follows:
WARNING: It is dangerous to remove the radiator
cap when the system is hot. Allow the system to cool
before removing the radiator cap.
Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise to the first stop to
release any pressure.
Push downward on the cap and turn counter-clockwise
until the cap stops then lift cap off.
Slowly pour coolant into the filler neck until the level
reaches the bottom of the filler neck overflow flange.
Wait a few minutes to allow as much air as possible to
escape through the filler neck, then reinstall the radiator
Fill the overflow reservoir to the “FULL” mark.
Start the engine and allow it to run for a short period. Stop
the engine.
Recheck the coolant level in the overflow reservoir and
refill as needed. Reinstall the reservoir cap.
If engine over-temp light comes on or stays on after filling
radiator and reservoir, see your Cub Cadet service dealer to
bleed air from system.
Check the transfer case oil every 100 hours or yearly and change
it at the first 50 hours and then again at 500 hours.
Park vehicle on level surface, place shift lever in Neutral,
and apply parking brake.
Allow transmission sufficient time to cool before
attempting any maintenance or repairs.
Raise and secure cargo box, if manual lift.
Access drain plug through slot on underside of machine
and remove plug. See Fig. 6-3.
Changing the Engine Coolant
The engine coolant should be drained and replaced with new
coolant solution every 2 years or 500 hours. See your Cub Cadet
service dealer to have the engine coolant changed.
Allow oil to drain into a suitable container.
Cooling System Hoses
Check O-ring on drain plug and replace if missing or in
poor condition.
Add approximately 64 oz of 80W-90 Shell Dentax Low
Foam Oil through the fill/level plug port. When oil begins
coming out of opening, the transmission is full.
Install and tighten fill/level plug.
Lower and latch cargo box.
Check the cooling system hoses and fan belt for any cracks or
deterioration after every 100 hours of operation. Check for loose
hose connections. Replace any damaged hoses and tighten any
loose connections. Replace a worn or damaged fan belt.
Transfer Case Oil
WARNING: The fluid for your transmission has
Figure 6-3
been specially formulated to ensure the safe and
proper operation of your vehicle. When changing
the transmission fluid replace it with 80W-90 Shell
Dentax Low Foam Oil. Failure to use 80W-90 Shell
Dentax Low Foam Oil may result in a failure of the
drive system which could result in property damage
or personal injury. DO NOT substitute.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
Charging Battery
WARNING: The battery produces a flammable and
explosive gas. Do not smoke near battery. Wear eye
protection and gloves when handling the battery.
Do not allow direct metal contact across battery
posts. The battery is sealed and is maintenance free.
Acid levels cannot be checked and fluid can not be
WARNING: California Proposition 65 Warning:
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer and
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal
first, followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the POSITIVE (Red)
wire to its terminal first, followed by the NEGATIVE (Black)
wire. Be certain that the wires are connected to the correct
terminals; reversing them could change the polarity and
cause damage to your engine’s alternating system.
Cleaning Battery and Terminals
Remove battery from vehicle. Always remove negative
cable first when disconnecting.
Wash battery with solution of four tablespoons of baking
soda to one gallon of water.
Rinse the battery with plain water and dry.
Clean terminals and battery cable ends with wire brush
until bright.
Apply petroleum jelly or silicone spray to terminals to
prevent corrosion.
Install battery. Always install negative cable last when
Jumping Battery
WARNING: Do not attempt to jump start the
battery. Engine damage will occur to the fuel
injection computer.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
WARNING: Charge battery in a well ventilated area
and keep away from an open flame or pilot light as
on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliances.
If the vehicle has not been put into use for an extended period of
time, charge the battery with an automotive type 12-volt charger
for a minimum of one hour at six amps.
Tire Pressure
WARNING: Explosive separation of tire and rim
parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly.
Do not stand in front or over tire assembly when
The recommended operating tire pressure is approximately
14-18 psi for all tires. Overinflating above recommended tire
pressure can reduce the life of the tire. Check tire pressure before
driving the vehicle.
Operator Protective Structure (OPS)
Periodically (at least every six months) visually inspect the OPS
and seat belt assemblies for damage and loose fasteners. If
damage is noted, contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
If an accident has occurred which may have damaged the OPS,
have the OPS thoroughly inspected by your Cub Cadet dealer.
WARNING: To ensure the structural integrity of the
OPS to provide operator protection, do not attempt
to straighten or weld the OPS. A damaged OPS
should be replaced.
If the OPS is removed for any reason, make sure the proper
hardware is used to reinstall it, and that the recommended
torque values are applied to the fasteners.
If you are not installing new bolts when replacing or reinstalling
the OPS, apply Loctite ® 242 to the threads of the bolts that were
removed. Torque the bolts to 32 to 36 ft. lbs.
Front and Rear Shocks
Draining CVT Cover
Inspect the front and rear shocks every 100 hours or once a year
for oil leakage. See Fig. 6-4. If excessive oil leakage appears, have
shocks repaired or replaced by your local Cub Cadet dealer.
Drain CVT cover every 50 hours or after driving vehicle through
more than 12” of water.
Remove CVT cover drain plug. See Fig. 6-6.
Figure 6-4
CV Boots
Figure 6-6
Allow water to completely drain out.
Inspect CV boots (two on each CV joint axle end, eight total)
for tears every 50 hours. See Fig. 6-4. If tears or excessive wear
appear, have boots replaced by your local Cub Cadet dealer.
Reinstall drain plug, and tighten securely.
Ball Joints
The body panels are scratch and impact resistant automotive
quality ABS plastic. The use of standard car wash soap and
non-abrasive car wax is acceptable for cleaning the body panels.
Avoid any abrasive cleaner or rubbing compounds for these will
damage the body panels. Dry thoroughly to avoid water spots.
Inspect the upper and lower front A-arm ball joints on each side
of the vehicle and the two tie rod ends for wear every 100 hours
or once a year. See Fig. 6-5. If excessive wear appears, have ball
joints or tie rod ends replaced by your local Cub Cadet dealer.
WARNING: DO NOT use a pressure washer.
Damage may occur if direct hose spray comes in
contact with intake openings, or any other electrical
components, i.e. at instrument cluster or under
Figure 6-5
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
Headlight Bulbs
Raise hood to get access to the headlight assembly.
Turn the bulb/socket assembly approximately a quarter
turn counterclockwise to align its tabs with the notches of
the reflector, then remove from the reflector. See Fig. 7-1.
Unlatch and lift hood forward to get access to under the
dash panel.
Remove fuse holder cover. See Fig. 7-2.
Figure 7-2
Figure 7-1
Unplug the wire harness from the bulb/socket assembly.
Plug the new bulb/socket assembly into the wire harness.
Align the tabs of the new bulb/socket assembly with the
notches of the reflector and insert the bulb. Turn the bulb/
socket assembly clockwise to lock in place.
Lower and secure hood.
Remove the appropriate electrical fuse and replace with
proper amperage fuse.
Lower and secure hood.
Changing Brake Pads
WARNING: Using an unstable lifting device and
vehicle support may result in bodily injury. Use a
safe lifting device and supports to work on raised
Stop the vehicle on a level surface and apply parking brake.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP position and remove the
Loosen but do not remove the five lug nuts from the axle
hub. See Fig. 7-3.
WARNING: Using an unstable lifting device and
vehicle support may result in bodily injury. Use a
safe lifting device and supports to work on raised
To gain access to the brake pads, remove the wheel as described
in the Wheel Section. If less than .030” of material remains on the
pad, replace.
NOTE: Brake pads must be replaced as a set, ie., right rear and
left rear.
To change the brake pads, follow the steps below and refer to
Fig. 7-4.
Figure 7-3
Raise rear/front of vehicle with a safe lifting device and
place support stands under vehicle frame.
WARNING: When lifting the rear of the vehicle for
any reason, DO NOT engage the rear wheels. Even if
the 4x4 switch is in the OFF position, there is a
possibility that the front wheels may engage if the
rear wheels are spinning fast enough.
Remove the five lug nuts and the wheel. Place new wheel
on the axle hub and secure with nuts.
Tighten nuts diagonally until snug.
Remove support stands and lower vehicle.
Finish tightening the nuts to 65-75 lb-ft using a torque
Figure 7-4
Remove mounting bolts securing caliper and brake pads to
brake disc.
Remove brake caliper assembly from brake disc.
Remove brake pads from caliper and replace with new
Press in brake piston and place caliper and new brake pads
into place, making sure brake disc is between the two
brake pads.
IMPORTANT: When pressing in brake piston, take care not
to damage rubber piston seal.
Secure caliper and brake pads with mounting bolts
removed earlier. Torque the mounting bolts to 22 to 26 ft.
Replace wheel as described in Wheel section.
IMPORTANT: Several components must be removed in order to
change the vehicle’s belts. See your Cub Cadet Dealer to have
your belts replaced.
Section 7 — Service
Maintenance Chart
Maintenance Schedule
Before Each
First 10
Every 50
Check Transfer Case Oil
Change Transfer Case Oil*
Tighten Wheel Bolts
Change Air Filter^
Check Engine Coolant Level
Every 100
Every 500
Hrs. or Yearly Hrs. or 2 Yrs.
Change Engine Coolant
Inspect Cooling System Hoses
Inspect OPS
Inspect Front and Rear Shocks
Inspect Ball Joints
Inspect CV Boots
Drain CVT Cover †
* Change at the first 50 hours, then again at 500 hours.
^ Change more frequently if unit is operated in extremely dusty conditions.
† Drain after a deep water crossing (More than 12”).
NOTE: For information regarding engine service, see the separate Engine Owner’s Manual included with your unit.
NOTE: For parts or accessories, contact your local Cub Cadet dealer. To locate the dealer nearest you call 877-282-8684 or log onto
Horn (Requires Accessory Harness)
WInch Rigging Kit
Acrylic Windshield
Bench Seat & Seat Cover
Glass Windshield (Steel Cab Component)
Poly Canopy
Manual Wiper Kit***
Gun Boot & Mount
Electric Wiper Kit*****
Dual Purpose Tires & Black Steel Rims (Set of 4)
Cab Lights, Dome, & Fuse***
Turf Tires & Black Steel Rims (Set of 4)
Soft Roof w/Rear Window
Digital Speedometer & Fuel Gauge
Steel Roof (Steel Cab Component)
Warn 4000 Lb. Winch (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
Soft Doors
22 Cubic Foot Dump Cart
Steel Doors****
Acrylic Folding Windshield
Light Bar (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
Buss Bar**
Mile Marker 3500 Lb. Winch (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
Electric Angle (Requires 72” Super Duty Blade)
Hood Rack
Integrated Light Bar
Electrical Accessory Harness
Tip-Out Glass Windshield & Mirror (Deluxe Cab Component)
Front Receiver
Hard Roof & Rear Windshield (Deluxe Cab Component)
72” Super Duty Blade (Manual Angle)
Hard Doors (Deluxe Cab Component)
Fog Light Kit
Electric Wiper & Lights (Deluxe Cab Component)
Rear View Mirror
Heater (Compatible with Diesel and EFI Units Only)
Rear Panel & Head Rests
Super Trapp Silencer Exhaust
Bed Mat
Super Trapp Sport Exhaust
UV Cover
Raised Bed Gates
Electric Bed Lift (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
Heavy Duty Alternator * (Kohler Engines)
Floor Mats (Set of 2)
Reverse Back-up Alarm
Gadget/Grab Bar
14” Aluminum Rims & Off-Road Tires (Set of 4)
AM/FM CD Radio (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
Deluxe Seat Covers (Set of 2)
12” Aluminum Rims (Set of 4)
Signals & Brake Lights
Steel Rear Panel & Sliding Window***
Heavy Duty Bed Liner
Spreader (Requires Electrical Accessory Harness)
* Recommended for installing electrical attachments on 18HP & 20HP units
** Recommended for installing multiple electrical attachments
*** Requires Steel Roof; Steel Cab Component
**** Requires Steel Roof & Steel Rear Panel/Sliding Window; Steel Cab Component
***** Requires Steel Roof, Cab Lights, Dome & Fuse, & Glass Windshield; Steel Cab Component
NOTE: Availability of these accessories are subject to change. Please see your local Cub Cadet service dealer for the latest information
regarding accessories for your utility vehicle.
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
31HP* Kohler® Aegis EFI
Length/ Width
119” x 63.5”
Type/ Cylinders
4 Cycle Gas/ 2 Cylinders
Tread Center
F: 52”/ R: 50”
Height (Overall)
Maximum Torque
45.4 ft. lb. @ 2400 RPM
Mechanically Controlled
1,650 lbs.
Full Pressure w/ Filter
Weight (Including Fuel
& Fluids)
Speed (No Load)
1,000 RPM(idle)/ 4,200 RPM (fast)
Cooling System
Ground Clearance
(Under Transaxle)
Air Cleaner
Heavy-duty replaceable, remote dual
Ground Clearance
(Under Footboard)
450 Cold Cranking Amps
Turn Clearance Circle
22.0 ft.
12 Volt-60 Regulated, 65 Amp
51 5/8”L x 42”W x 11 1/2” H
Two, 37.5 Watt Incandescent
Automotive - Style Fused Control System
Front & Rear - Fully Independent Dual AArms with Coil Over Shocks
Continuously Variable (CVT)
Differential Lock
Rear - Standard
Hand Operated
Front - Flip Switch in Dash
Drive Chain
Ground Speed
0-32 mph
Fully Enclosed, Oil Bath
Gear Selection
Forward Hi-Low, Neutral, Reverse
Overall Reduction Ratio
Low 23.8:1/ High 13.4:1
Rear Axle Housing
Cast Iron
Brake Type
Four Wheel 8” Hydraulic Disc
Parking Brake
Hand Operated Mechanical Disc
Rack & Pinion
Fuel System
7 Gallons
Low Fuel Indicator
Dash Mounted Indicator Light
Volume - Cargo Box
14.4 cu. ft.
Cargo Box Capacity
1,000 lbs.
Seating - Capacity/Type
2/ Professional High Back
Towing Capacity
1,400 lbs.
Payload Capacity**
1,400 lbs.
Ground Pressure (Max.)
w/200 lb. Operator Only
N/A (Trail Tires)
Fully Loaded Vehicle
N/A (Trail Tires)
Rear Hitch
Standard 2” Rear Receiver
Dual Cup Holders
Additional Storage
Dash Box
Power Port
12V, Dash Mounted
Front Bumper
Front Brush Guard
Standard - (Front bumper required)
Electric Bed Lift
Rubber Floor Mats
Trail Front
25” x 10” - 12”
Trail Rear
25” x 11” - 12”
* As rated by engine manufacturer.
Cargo Box
16-Gauge Steel
Rubber Isolated
** Includes 200 lb. operator, 200 lb. passenger, and maximum bed capacity.
Engine will not start
1. Battery has low voltage.
2. Loose or corroded battery connections.
3. Fuse is blown.
4. Spark plug wire is loose or disconnected.
5. Faulty spark plug or coil.
6. No Fuel or improper fuel.
7. Plugged fuel filter.
8. Defective starter solenoid.
9. Open-circuit in wiring.
Engine is difficult to start
1. Engine is cold.
2. Plugged fuel filter.
3. Engine oil viscosity too heavy.
4. Spark plug is fouled.
5. Faulty spark plug or wire.
6. Loose or corroded electrical connections.
7. Stale or improper fuel.
8. Choke (if equipped) not being used or adjusted properly.
Engine misses under load
1. Faulty spark plug.
2. Stale or dirty fuel.
3. Plugged fuel filter.
4. Faulty coil or wire.
Engine vapor locks
1. Poor quality fuel.
2. Very hot weather conditions.
3. Fuel tank vent plugged.
4. Dirt in fuel filter.
Engine runs unevenly
1. Loose electrical connections.
2. Choke (if equipped) or throttle cable sticking.
3. Fuel line or fuel filter plugged.
4. Stale or dirty fuel.
5. Improper fuel.
6. Air cleaner element plugged.
7. Spark plug is fouled.
Continued on next page
Engine overheats
1. Air cleaner element missing or plugged.
2. Engine oil low.
3. Engine operated too long at slow engine speed.
Engine knocks
1. Low engine speed.
2. Stale or low octane fuel.
3. Engine overloaded.
Engine loses power
1. Engine overheating.
2. Too much oil in engine.
3. Faulty spark plug.
4. Fuel supply being restricted.
5. Fuel filter plugged.
6. Fuel line pinched or kinked.
7. Fuel pump output not adjusted to specification.
8. Improper fuel.
9. Air cleaner element plugged.
Starter does not work
1. Loose or corroded connections.
2. Low battery output
3. Sulfate or worn-out battery.
4. Faulty starter.
Starter cranks slowly
1. Low battery output.
2. Sulfated or worn-out battery.
3. Engine oil too heavy.
4. Loose or corroded connections.
Entire electrical system does not work
1. Blown fuse.
2. Loose or corroded connections.
3. Sulfated or worn-out battery.
Dead battery
1. Shorted starter solenoid.
2. Key switch not turned to STOP position.
3. Sulfated or worn-out battery.
Battery light comes on when engine is
1. Low engine speed.
2. Faulty voltage regulator.
3. Faulty battery.
4. Faulty alternator
5. Grounded wire in circuit.
Indicator lights do not come on when key
switch is in START position
1. Faulty bulb.
2. Faulty wiring.
3. Faulty sensor.
Continued on next page
Section 11 — Troubleshooting
Battery will not take a charge
1. Dead battery.
2. Loose or corroded connections.
3. Sulfated or worn-out battery.
4. Fluid level low.
Difficult to shift
Gears not lined up. Flip throttle
and let it return to idle. If still hard
to shift, contact your nearest Cub
Cadet dealer.
Section 11 — Troubleshooting
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This evaporative emission control system is warranted for two years. If any evaporative emission-related part on your equipment is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced by
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engines or equipment.
The off-road engine and equipment owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective, emission-related
warranted part, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted
Throughout the off-road engine and equipment warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to
meet the expected demand for such parts.
Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. Such use
will not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10. Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or modified parts by the
ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claims. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused
by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if MTD Consumer Group
Inc demonstrates that the off-road engine and equipment has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that such abuse, neglect, or improper
maintenance was the direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding, any adjustment of a component that has a factory
installed, and properly operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty coverage.
The following emission warranty parts are covered:
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts
• Fuel pump
• Fuel tank (2) Air Induction System
• Air cleaner
• Intake manifold (3) Ignition System
• Spark plug(s)
• Magneto ignition system (4) Exhaust System
• Catalytic converter
• SAI (Reed valve) (5) Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
• Vacuum, temperature, position, time sensitive valves and switches
• Connectors and assemblies (6) Evaporative Control
• Fuel hose certified for ARB evaporative emissions 2008
• Fuel hose clamps
• Tethered fuel cap
• Carbon canister
• Vapor lines
GDOC-100176 Rev. D
utility vehicles
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with
respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States,
its possessions and territories, and by MTD Products Limited with
respect to new merchandise purchased and used in Canada and/or its
territories and possessions.
For non-commercial use: Cub Cadet warrants this product (excluding
Batteries, as described below) against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of two (2) years from the date of original
retail purchase or lease.
b. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, tune-ups,
brake adjustments, clutch adjustments and normal deterioration of
the exterior finish due to use or exposure.
c. Cub Cadet does not extend any warranty for products sold or
exported outside of the United States and/or Canada, and their
respective possessions and territories, except those sold through
Cub Cadet’s authorized channels of export distribution.
d. Replacement parts that are not genuine Cub Cadet parts.
For commercial uses and applications: Cub Cadet warrants this
product (excluding Batteries, as described below) against defects in
material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date
of original retail purchase or lease.
e. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
“Cub Cadet” will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any
part found to be defective in materials or workmanship. This limited
warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and
maintained in accordance with the Operator’s Manual furnished with
the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, neglect,
accident, improper maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire,
water, or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage
resulting from the installation or use of any part, accessory or
attachment not approved by Cub Cadet for use with the product(s)
covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any resulting
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after the
applicable period of express written warranty above as to the
parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written
or oral, except as mentioned above, given by any person or
entity, including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product,
shall bind Cub Cadet. During the period of the warranty, the
exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as set
forth above.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and
exclusive remedy arising from the sale. Cub Cadet shall not be
liable for incidental or consequential loss or damage including,
without limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care services or for rental expenses to temporarily
replace a warranted product.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply
to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount
of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety
features of the product shall void this warranty. You assume the
risk and liability for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property
and/or to others and their property arising out of the misuse or
inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the
original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights that vary in different jurisdictions.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to
obtain warranty coverage.
Batteries have a one-year prorated limited warranty against defects
in material and workmanship, with 100% replacement during the
first three months. After three months, the battery replacement
credit is based on the months remaining in the twelve (12) month
period dating back to the original date of original sale or lease. Any
replacement battery will be warranted only for the remainder of the
original warranty period.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH
PROOF OF PURCHASE, through your local authorized service
dealer. To locate the dealer in your area:
In the U.S.A.
To locate the dealer in your area, check your Yellow Pages, or contact
Cub Cadet LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or
call 1-877-282-8684, or log on to our Web site at www.cubcadet.
In Canada
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, or call
1-800-668-1238 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdcanada.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may carry a separate manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to applicable
manufacturer’s warranty for terms and conditions.
f. Transportation charges and service calls.
Cub Cadet LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019; Phone: 1-877-282-8684
MTD Canada Limited - KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1; Phone 1-800-668-1238
GDOC-100094 REV. A
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