This morning we ventured over to my parents house to help them replace a leaking gas tank from our old mower. We were gifted this mower from our in-laws when we were living in Washington. We had an acre to mow, and they just purchased a new mower for their property. When we moved to Arizona, we brought the mower with us, ,in case we ended up in a place that had grass. Well, we did not. So we left it at my parents house so they could use it on their 1 acre of lawn.
Now all these years later, the mower is still working like a champ, but it has a few problems. You can follow along on our adventure on your Youtube video for How to remove a gas tank from a John Deere LA115 riding lawn mower here:
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Instructions on how to remove the gas tank on a John Deere LA115 tractor:
Step : Remove the springs from under the seat of the tractor.
You will see the bolts located at the bottom of the springs. Remove both springs.
Step 2: Remove the battery by disconnecting the battery cables
Disconnect the battery cables and pull out the battery from the battery tray
Step 3: Remove the battery tray – held on by 4 screws
The battery tray is held on by 4 screws. Two at the front of the tray, and two on the sides of the cowling. Remove all 4 screws.
Step 4: Remove the battery brace on the tray (1 bolt)
You will also have to remove the battery support bracket. You will see 1 bolt at the front of the tray. Remove the bolt, and lift out the support bracket.
Step 5: Pull the battery tray out to the side
The battery tray can now be gently lifted out to the side where the wires are connected to it.
Step 6: Take off the 6 bolts that hold on the cowling – below where the battery tray was
The cowling is held on by 6 bolts. These bolts are located underneath where the battery tray was. Remove all 6 bolts.
Step 7: Remove the 6 screws holding on the cowling
You will also have to locate the 6 screws around the outside of the cowling.
Step 8: This is the tricky part, remove the cowling – a large flat head screw driver helps
Remove all 6 screws. Now the cowling can be removed. You may need a long flat head screwdriver to gently wedge the cowling out from under the steering wheel.
Step 8: Remove the gas hose connected to the gas tank…… non rusty pliers are helpful
Helpful Tip: If you cannot lift the body to access the tank, remove handle here, and check the position of the brakes.
Locate the clamp at the top of the gas hose. You will need a set of pliers to cinch down the clamp to loosen it and slide it down the hose. You can now remove the hose from the tank. The gas tank should now pull right out.
Where to buy a new gas tank kit for the John Deere LA115?
When searching for a new tank online, we found that the pricing from various sellers is similar. However, there is one big difference. Some of the companies selling the newer gas tanks are selling them as a kit with fuel line extensions and other necessary. parts. Others, are only shipping the tank, and you have to purchase the accessories separatetly. We found the best deal on Amazon for this tank: