9 John Deere 5055E Problems & Solutions

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The John Deere 5055E is a four-wheel drive (4WD) tractor offering power, high performance, and fuel efficiency on the fields. 

Tractors often need replacement and maintenance over time, and this model has proven that it needs repairs with use.

In particular, the John Deere 5055E has exhibited the following problems: 

  • Engine shuts off
  • Starting issues
  • Overheating engine
  • PTO disengages
  • Steering issues
  • Hydraulic problems
  • Power reverser problems
  • Slipping clutch
  • Cold start issues

Read on to learn more in detail about this tractor’s problems and the solutions you can use to rectify them.

1. Engine Shuts Off

The engine may suddenly and surprisingly shut off during the operation of the John Deere 5055E. 

Usually, this is due to a malfunctioning part that transfers power or fuel problems. Refer to your operator’s manual before you look over your tractor.


Make sure you have fuel in the tank and that you’re using the correct fuel type for this model. 

You must also be seated in the driver’s seat for the tractor to run. 

Then, check for any defects in the following parts and replace them:

  • Relays
  • Fuses
  • Electric fuel pump: timing and its connection to the fuel tank
  • Fuel filter
  • Injection pump
  • Air intake
  • Turbocharger

If any of these parts are worn or malfunctioning, it will result in a loss of power to the engine. If you cannot determine the issue, contact a service center.

2. Starting Issues

As is common with other John Deere tractors, the engine may have a hard start or may not start at all. Generally, starter problems within the electrical system are the cause of this.  


To check your electrical system, do the following:

  • Circuitry: Check the safety switches, seat switches, and wiring. Make sure the circuits are closed and undamaged. Replace the wires and switches if necessary.
  • Ignition: Turn your ignition in each position to check if power is coming through. If not, or if it is clicking intermittently, the ignition switch will need to be replaced.
  • Solenoid: Use a multimeter to check the voltage by testing the solenoid ‘S’ terminal connection to the starter solenoid. If you have less than 12-volts, then there is a problem here. 
    • If this is the case, then a relay kit and wire can be installed to increase the voltage. As with any electrical wiring, use caution.
  • Battery: Refer to the manual for the battery’s voltage and check that as well. Test the battery with the engine off. The battery may need charging, replacement, or clean and replaced cables, ground wire, and other connections.
  • Fuel: Make sure your fuel system is not clogged. 
    • Fill up the oils and fuel according to model specifications, and replace any broken parts.
    • Clean or replace the air and fuel filters.
    • If you see white smoke coming from the exhaust, replace the piston rings.
    • Check the injection fuel pump for any malfunctioning and fluid levels. 

3. Overheating Engine

Like the John Deere 2025R, the John Deere 5055E can have problems with an overheating engine. If you notice smoke coming from your tractor or the display light comes on. Turn off the tractor immediately and allow the machine to cool down to avoid a fire hazard.


Once the tractor has cooled, check the level of coolant. While doing this, take a moment to inspect the connections and make sure there are no leaks.

Clean the radiator fins and screen. 

Check the fan belt and replace or adjust it if needed.

Overloading the tractor can also lead to overheating. Reduce your load to this vehicle’s specifications. 

The rear hitch attachment can lift approximately 3,200 pounds (1451.5 kg). The front loader can lift up to 3,548 pounds (1609.3 kg).

4. PTO Disengages

The power take-off (PTO) may disengage, meaning that you may not be able to transfer power to the engine or operate implements on the John Deere 5055E.


  • Allow the tractor to cool down and check and fill the transmission oil.
  • Make sure all electrical connections are in place and are not worn or dirty.
  • With the engine off, check the voltage at the PTO solenoid and the battery (see solutions in number two above).
  • Refer to your user manual’s PTO section for any other troubleshooting tips.

5. Steering Issues

Your steering wheel may be too loose or difficult to turn. Proper steering is necessary for the safe operation of your tractor and should be addressed immediately.


If the steering is loose, check the steering cylinder and oil levels. Replace the cylinder if it is malfunctioning, and fill up fluids.

Rigid steering is likely due to hydraulic problems. Check the connections in the hydraulic system and replace any damaged or worn parts.  

If steering problems persist, it could be the result of a damaged front or rear axle, power steering, or ball bearings. These should be replaced if they are damaged in any way.

6. Hydraulic Problems

Problems with hydraulics can cause serious issues such as melting the fuel tank. 

If moisture builds up in the ball check valve on the three-point lift arms, it can stick. This results in an increase of pressure with friction and heat that heats the hydraulic fluid, melting the fuel tank. 

To keep moisture out of the ball check valve, the three-point lift arms should be used or put into motion weekly. 

This can be a problem if the tractor is idle for long periods. However, if you want to avoid this issue, you must activate the system regularly.

Winter can pose threats to your machine, so it is best to store it inside in a warm and dry area to keep water and ice from building up in parts with fluid. 

To keep water (and dirt) out of the hydraulic system, ensure that the piston rods have tight seals. Install flexible ‘boots’ on the piston rods and a desiccant breather on the system. If moisture still gets in, you may need professional service to clear it out.

7. Power Reverser Problems

At times, the power reverser may not function properly, and you may see a ‘PTR A’ error code on the tractor’s display. This can happen in temperatures under 20°F (-6.7°C) or when dumping a load and reversing the movement. 

The fixes for this issue are not easily discovered, but you can try a few things before taking it to a service professional.


If the sensor comes on when starting the tractor or during operation:

  • Allow the tractor to warm up or choose not to operate it when it is below 20°F (-6.7°C).
  • Turn the tractor on and off to reset the system.
  • Replace the sensor on the display.

If the John Deere 5055E will not move forward or in reverse, then you can do the following:

  • Filters: Clean or replace fuel and air filters. Any clogs in the system will not allow the tractor to function normally.
  • Battery: Check your battery and its charge. Your tractor may need a full battery to operate functions and drive.
  • Shifting: Transmission problems could prevent you from shifting gears. Check for leaks and replace lines as needed. 
    • If there are problems here that have gone untouched, this may have also affected the engine valves and pistons, causing them to stick. 
    • Repairs for transmission and engine issues are generally more expensive. However, these issues should be addressed promptly to avoid further damage.

8. Slipping Clutch

An owner on a forum had clutch problems that appeared after less than 500 hours of use. When the clutch slips, the PTO switch may not function properly and the clutch pedal may grab or release too early. 


The John Deere 5055E cannot shift gears while in motion, so do not attempt that to avoid further damage.

In this case, the clutch needs adjustment using the operator’s manual for full instructions. 

You can also check the following to address a slipping clutch:

  • Clutch System: Remove the plug from the clutch housing, check for any fluid leaks and repair. If the problem persists, then the connecting linkage should be evaluated and replaced by a service professional. 
  • Fuses: Fuses can blow when the clutch is not working properly. Replace these as needed. 
  • Voltage: Turn off the engine and check that your battery is working with the specified voltage.
  • Fuel Pump: Ensure that the electric fuel pump is working properly, and replace it if necessary.
  • Wheels: If you hear a popping sound when shifting, the wheel connections may need to be retorqued. Use the specifications in your user’s manual to adjust these. Check the wheel hubs, rims, and axles to make sure nothing is loose.

9. Cold Start Issues

Owners of the John Deere 5055E sometimes have trouble with a cold start. It may struggle to start or not start at all. 

If you don’t want to wait for warmer temperatures to get moving, you can try the following tips:

  • Park and store your tractor in a heated garage or barn. Remember it is not safe to leave a running vehicle inside due to carbon monoxide build-up, so open the door before you turn it on, and pull out once the engine is running.
  • If parking your tractor outside, face it towards the rising morning sun to heat the engine naturally.
  • An engine block heater can be installed to warm up the engine and motor oil before operating the tractor.
  • Remove the battery when not using the tractor and store it in a warm location.

A Closer Look at the John Deere 5055E 


  • Engine: 3 cylinders, 44.4 kW/59 hp, turbocharged
  • PTO Cab – 33.6kw/45hp; Open Station – 35.8KW/48hp
  • Transmission Standard: 9F/3R SyncShuttle; upgrade option to PowrReverser™
  • Hitch: Category 2/convertible to Category 1

Pros of the John Deere 5055E

Reviews of the John Deere 5055E tractor talk about the tremendous power that this machine has. 

Other pros are:

  • Excellent traction on tough terrain  
  • Easy to maneuver and comfortable
  • Strong PTO
  • Refined and easy-to-operate controls
  • The right size for various projects


What is the comparison of a John Deere 5055D vs. 5055E?

The price of the 5055E is thousands more than the 5055D. The 5055E has 4WD, whereas the 5055D has 2WD. Additionally, the 5055E has a larger fuel tank, synchronized gear shifting, larger lift capacity, and longer wheelbase.

To learn more about the differences, this video does a “walkaround” view for each tractor:

What horsepower is a John Deere 5055E?

The John Deere 5055E has a capacity of 59 horsepower (44.4 kW).

How much does a John Deere 5055E cost?

John Deere offers different year models for sale. This will affect the overall price. Generally, the base cost of this machine, without attachments and upgraded options, is going to cost over $26,000.

What engine is in a John Deere 5055E?

The John Deere has a proprietary PowerTech 3029, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, with 44.4 kW/59 hp.

How much can a John Deere 5055E lift?

The John Deere 5055E can lift approximately 3,200 pounds (1451.5 kg). An added front loader can lift 3,548 pounds (1609.3 kg).


Many of the problems in the John Deere 5055E are common due to the use of the machine over time. We hope this article helps you find solutions to any issues that arise. In most cases, they can be addressed by the owner. 

Keeping your tractor well-maintained will promote longevity and reduce the likelihood of serious problems.

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