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John Deere LA145 tractor mower blades not engaging

Hoping for followup from wireguy212 on my tractor problem. I think his potential fix may be ioght on - the seat switch. About 30 min before tractor blades failed to engage I was stuck in a small rut - wife set on tractor and I pushed out. She's very short and kept rising up to reach accelerator and tractor would backfire. Problem didn't occur until 30 min later. I pulled seat off . All wires seem intact, looks like switch on bottom of seat would just pull out but didn't and I didn't want to break it.Do you think it would be in that switch or at other end of wires down under tractor. 3 weeks wait time from dealer plus both wife and I retired for some time so would like to fix myself if possible. Would really appreciate any furthur help Gary

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The PTO usually has a clutch that has to be engaged so that you can select the PTO rotation setting. I had a problem like that on my tractor and all it needed was a little adjustment on the PTO clutch lever, so it could disengage the PTO gearbox properly.

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CK THE SEAT SWICH OR THE BRAKE SWICH ONE OFEM IS BAD

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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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Either you need a seat switch or the reverse switch has failed.If the deck will engage while you are pushing down the forward pedal then the rio or reverse switch is not working or it's out of adjustment.If you can not get the deck to engage at all then the problem is likely the seat switch.

Posted on May 08, 2010

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It is most likely the saftey lock out. The circuits are simple but can confuse you when troubleshooting. The most likely is the seat driver presence switch located under the seat. Second I would check the PTO enabled switch. If the machine does not have the parking brake on or a driver in seat it will not crank. If the PTO switch is enabled the machine will not start. Below is a typical circuit for these machines.

On some models there is a relay that will get dirty contacts.

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As a safety feature, tractor PTO's will kill the tractor if the PTO is on and you are not on the seat. Or rather, it thinks you are not on the seat.

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