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Engine will not switch off nor will start from ignition.

I have an John Deere 214 tractor. The original engine on that tractor was an Kohler 12 hp engine. That 12 hp engine lasted for 30 years. I cannot complain. While searching for another 12 hp Kohler I was informed that Kohler dropped these 12 hp engines. I wasn't about to shell out 1500 bucks for a rebuilt. These were quotes provided from several John Deere dealers. What a scam. Six years ago I upgraded to an Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 16 hp twin. The cost was reasonable and I could't pass it up. Personally I still do not care for Briggs products. I never had much luck with Briggs. When I purchased this engine I inquired about changing the ignition system in accordance to the Briggs. The original systems is John Deere. The person who sold me the Briggs thought that there would be no problems. Basically most of the ignition systems are compatible. I never had any problems since i had installed this engine. I haven't had the tractor running for almost a year. The reason was that I was waiting for parts for the trans axle. It was 2 weeks ago I finally got it together. Then this problem occurred with the electrical. Three days ago I replaced the battery. After replacing the battery one of the wires had touched the throttle cable. That cable become red hot and it penetrated directly to the carb. I didn't realize there was another hot wire. I do not know where that one was suppose to go. Was it for the P.T.O.? I am lost. I started the engine. The engine worked great. The problem was that the engine would not switch off. The engine kept running. To switch the engine off I had to shut the gas valve from the gas tank. I have a hunch that an electronic component was possibly fried that wire. Yet the engine starts and runs without any problems. The engine starts directly from the battery not from the ignition switch. The other problem is to change the current ignition systems from the John Deere to Briggs. I should have done. I use this tractor for snow plowing only. I do not have any attachments for this tractor I can recall speaking to a counter person from couple John Deere Dealers regarding the changes. I do know one thing that the counter guys do not want to speak to you. I had a couple of them telling me they will not help. I do know one thing I try to avoid these dealerships especially John Deere. I have this hunch that I probably have to replace an electronic component. That is a definite. I do know I have to replace the ignition switch, solenoid, relay or regulator and wiring harness. Question is if the electronic components are fried can the engine be operational? This engine is operational. What else should I check for? Any advise will be much appreciated.

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SOURCE: 23 hp engine will start great when cold, but after it run a short it will not start Brfiggs&Stratton vanguard V-Twin Vertical Ohv Engine start.

it sounds like a fuel starvation problem it is very possible theres a blocked vent in the carb. the carb will probably will need rebuilding not very difficult

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Two things come to mind. First it could be not getting enough fuel when hot due to carb adjustment being too lean. That could be that the float level in the carb is set too low or the low speed jet is set too lean. When cold the choke circuit in the carb supplies the extra fuel required.
Second in some enjines that have low compression they start cold but when hot the compression drops below 60 psi and makes starting very difficult until engine cools down.
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yep its a briggs and normaly there very good ploders
if your john deere spluters and back fires it needs a good looking at check the valves first,,,a hand full of bolts and the heads off and if your carfull you can still use the same head gasket again,,,also check the carb there very finiky and need to be kept clean the air filter is a joke,,,but clean it anyhow and they like new plugs,,,every ten years or so? iv worked on 100s of brigss and stratons/vanguard. there good engines but there ploders not sprinters there ok in a tractor but no good in a tank there to darn slow

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