6 Common Problems with John Deere 2320 (Solution Included)

John Deere 2320 is a 2000 Twenty Series Compact Utility tractor. It comes with a Yanmar 1.1L 3-cyl diesel. It has the capabilities of a John Deere, but quite often falls short in performance due to its pace and grass thickness.

The most common issues with the John Deere 2320 are poor start and frequent shutdowns, sluggish transmission, driveshaft U-joint problems, noisy transmission, loader bucket issues, ignition switch problems, PTO not engaging etc.

In this article, you will find the solution of all these problems. Additionally, you will find an overview on what users think about this tractor in general. So read till the end to find out.

Problems and Solutions at a Glance:

Problems with John Deere 2320Solutions
Poor StartTroubleshoot, and replace corroded or damaged parts.
Underpowered and Noisy TransmissionTake the tractor to the dealer.
Driveshaft U-joint ProblemsReplace with market-available parts.
Loader Bucket and Hydraulic IssuesChange hydraulic fluid, fix connections, take it to the dealer.
Ignition Switch ProblemsChange the ignition switch.
PTO Clutch IssuesMake sure the PTO lever is in correct position and troubleshoot the seat safety switch.

6 Most Common Problems with John Deere 2320 and Their Possible Solutions:

The John Deere 2320 problems occur due to many reasons. Here are some of the problems and how to solve them.

1. Poor Start

This problem includes having difficulties in starting. For example, the tractor might turn over fine but won’t be firing. You may fix the problem, and it will show up again after a week.

The relay may click open, but the starter won’t start. Another time the JD won’t start is when the tractor overheats due to some reason. You may also hear a loud click.

The Fix:

Check for the alternator, whether it is providing adequate voltage. Also, check for any damaged fuses. Conduct a voltage test on the ignition switch as well.

Clean the relays and put some di-electric grease on them. Additionally, check for loose or corroded battery connections. If the truck underwent overheating, here’s something you can do:

Check the safety settings for the parking brake, seat, and PTO. If everything appears in working order, whack the starter with a hammer to determine if the heat has dried out any lubricant and the solenoid is stuck.

The starter can always be directly jumped to see if it rolls over. Even with the key turned on, it could not light up. Inform us of your findings.

The V4 diode near the fuel filter can also cause this starting issue. Just replace it if it has gone bad.

2. Underpowered and Noisy Transmission

The transmission on this one lacks torque and grumbles quite loudly. The 2320 has a hydrostatic transmission. Additionally, the pedals might feel firm and resistant.

You may be surprised to find big curly metal shavings in the transmission when it is sluggish. Other times, the transmission will seem underpowered when you use the tractor with multiple attachments. The deck will seem to get ‘caked’ with grass.

The Fix:

You can confirm it to be a transmission issue when it gets loud after putting the tiller on the PTO shaft. Instead of being operated hydrostatically, the PTOs are physically driven by the main drive shaft from the engine and gears in the transmission.

To engage or disengage, a wet clutch pack is included. However, there are some reduction gears that might be toothless. It could cause this problem.

Taking it to the dealer will be your best bet.

3. Driveshaft U-joint Problems

These tractors have the infamous engine driveshaft universal joints. They are prone to breaking. Often they break from the grease zerk.

While mowing, you may notice a loud bang and the mower going nuts! You will also notice squeaky noises when the transmission goes forward and reverse. Inspection may reveal that the bearings are all molten or the cups had come out.

The Fix:

There are cheap aftermarket parts available for these u-joints. You can get them yourself and assemble a brand new u-joint. Here’s how you can do that.

4. Loader Bucket and Hydraulic Issues

The bucket only gets raised and curled slightly. You may able to get it fully raised once in a while. However, you may be able to curl down all the way. But it seems like the curl down moves very slowly.

You can lose the ability to lift the deck with it after engaging in bucket work for a period. Only one hose (yellow) has to be attached, there is no return connection, and the deck is solely lowered by its weight.

The Fix:

The problem can occur due to the transmission busting around the u-joint. Often it happens due to bad fluids or mixed fluids in the hydraulics. Drain out the hydraulic fluid and refill with good fluid. Let the truck rest for a while and then start operating it.

As for the deck issue, try connecting it to another port. There are 4 ports there. If it doesn’t work, something might be wrong with your hydraulic ram or the connector. In that case a dealer will be able to help you.

5. Ignition Switch Problems

When you turn the key all the way to the right, the starter doesn’t engage. Instead, there is only a “click”. However, the starter will ultimately engage when the key is turned back and forth a few times. This happens due to the ignition switch failure.

The Fix:

This switch seems to be particularly prone to failure. John Deere should create a better one. Unfortunately, you will need to disassemble the dash and change the ignition switch.

6. PTO Clutch Issues

This is a prime cause of the deck being underpowered. Additionally, the PTO clutch often does not engage. The light comes on, but the tractor does not shut off as if the seat switch were broken.

The Fix:

Ensure the PTO lever is also in the engaged position. The PTO often is selected on the rear position of the PTO lever. The issue can be resolved by pulling the lever.

Often it is the seat safety switch too. Unplug the seat safety switch and then plug it back in. This should solve the issue.

What Majority of the Users Feel About John Deere 2320?

There are very few reliability issues accounted for. Most people think it is very handy equipment. And they are as tough as nails.

All of the 2305’s attachments, especially the mower deck and FEL, are incredibly simple to attach and detach after the first couple of times.

An excellent thing about these tractors is that they require little maintenance. So you won’t be paying regular bucks to any dealership as much.

In contrast to the 2305’s air-cooled (fan) design, the 2320’s tranny is equipped with an oil cooler. Additionally, the common issues I have mentioned here often do not occur with some people.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to dismantle the drive shaft from the John Deere 2320?

Remove the pin and the snap ring holding it to the transmission and slip the drive shaft away from it.

Where is the u joint located?

U-joints are found on each of the ends of the rear drive shaft.

How much can a John Deere 2320 Lift?

About 533 kgs.

Final Thoughts

After my research, it appears that the 2320 are strong built machines. You will rarely be disappointed with this one. So if you are considering buying one, you may do so without a hint of doubt.

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