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I have a John Deere sabre and it keeps burning the ignition switch up I just replaced it yesterday it started twice and now it won't do anything I just bought a new starter for it also any ideas?!!!

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The starter fix problem? You have a bad short. Check wiring for bad spots. Is solenoid going in and out.

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See if there is a plastic connector on the wires leading to the seat switch. If there is try disconnecting it and use a piece of wire (with insulation on it) to use a jumper. There is probably two wires coming from the tractor to the seat. After disconnecting Place one end of wire into the wire connector coming tractor and the other end of wire in the same connector on the other side. That will act like the seat switch is closed like you are setting on it. Try and start. Had the same problem on an electric hyster at work and that was the fix we used because the switch is pretty expensive and a hassle to change.
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Check the wire from the ignition switch to the small terminal on your solenoid with a volt meter to make sure you are getting current to the solenoid. If not try a "jumper wire" connected to the same terminals and see if it now cranks. If it does, replace the wire

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pauly46 here

if engine seems to labour when trying to start as if too much compression ?

try adjusting to in and ex valve clearance to 0.003" inlet and 0.005" ex

inlet valve is the bottom valve, and has a alloy push rod. ex valve is top valve and has steel push rod ( as viewed from the front of the machine with rocker cover off ) )

note rotate engine with plug out to tdc compression stroke , then rotate it down the bore on power stroke by 1/4 inch ( 6.35 mm ) this is the point for setting in / ex valve clearances

manual says 1/4 pst tdc on compression stroke - this eliminates decompressor lift from the setting

cheers hope it hepls

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