John Deere 445 repair
We have a JD 445 that we have always had a dealer maintain. Had it serviced late Nov to be ready for spring mowing and did not use it after it was returned then. To our surprise the mower had puddles under it when we opened our shed door last week to get the tractor out. Local dealer picked it up and then told us part of leak was due to fluids being overfilled and part due to steering cylinder failure. Again, they were the last to handle it and add fluids,not us. Steering cylinder is costing 250 to replace with same amount in labor. Does it make sense that it would go bad just sitting after fall service? We are suspicious especially after today. Mower was returned yesterday "fixed" only to have another puddle this morning. JD did rrespond promptly today and replaced an o ring. Returned it again this afternoon. Thoughts? Thanks for yout input!