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Our John deere ez trak z445 won't run right when blades engaged. It stall and dies when you drop the blades down. Any ideas?

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One of my friends in college did tree removal for a living and he had problems like this a few times. I asked him how he fixed it once, and the answer was pretty complicated. I'd suggest getting a technician out to do the work for you unless you have experience with that kind of thing. At least that way you'll know that you're getting the repairs done right.

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Could be just a plugged air or fuel filter

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According to "If the engine dies when the cutting deck is engaged, there is likely one of the following three possible scenarios:

  1. The riding mower is in a reverse gear. If the mowing deck is engaged and the unit is in reverse, the mower will shut down as part of a safety feature.
  2. An object or obstruction (such as an ant hill, clump of matted grass clippings or large tree branch) is jammed underneath the cutting deck or in the cutting deck drive system preventing the moving parts from engaging properly. Inspect for obstructions and carefully remove if necessary.
  3. The electrical system may be experiencing a short or improper ground somewhere throughout the length of the wire harness. This could be sending a false signal to the safety interlock system. This false signal may be sensing that the operator is up out of the seat or the unit is mowing in reverse even though that may not be the case. For this situation a thorough inspection of the electrical system and possible repair of the wire harness is needed. Please use our Authorized Service Center Directory to make arrangements for local service and repairs.
    NOTE: Individuals with previous experience diagnosing electrical system failure techniques, and are equipped with the special diagnostic tools used, may wish to consult the Professional Shop Manual. These service manuals have additional Electrical Troubleshooting information and electrical diagrams."
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The electro-magnetic coil side of your PTO is shorted out.On the 318 it is very easy to replace,just under front screen.

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One of two possible causes;either the PTO switch is defective or the switch for the reverse peddle is out of adjustment .The only other thing i have seen cause the PTO to shut down is a lack of battery power due to the machine not charging.

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John Deere Z840A Z-Trak mower. Why does engine die when PTO is engaged?

A possible cause is an open seat switch (operator presence). Locate the switch under the seat & unplug the switch from the harness. Place a small jumper wire into the female socket leads to the wire harness. If the PTO engages without engine shutting down, replace the seat switch.

Check to see if the mower deck is plugged or a piece of wood/debris is wedged between the deck and a blade, or some wire/rope is wrapped around a spindle. If the blades don't turn by hand, it'll stall your engine when the electric PTO clutch is energized.

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