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1445 front deck mower 4 x 4 wont start i was wondering if it is a safety swich it wont even turn over i have checked all the fuses fuel and wiring i have done a amperage test and well over 12volts on the battery. Has to be a safety switch

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The deck lift lever normally wont start lifting until you pull back at least half way.Ther are 2 sets of wires that go under the fender deck,one set goes to the seat switch and the other set goes to the neutral start switch next to the shift lever,just in front of the seat.The neutral start switch wires more than likley came loose when you pulled fender deck off.The micro switch is on the back side of plate that surrounds shift lever.

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There is a safety switch on the diferential that lets the tractor know that your not backing up that is likely defective,unplug it until you can get one in to replace it and you should be good to go.It's on th right side mid housing on the hyrostatic unit[rear diff].

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Yes it very well could, check to see if you are making good contact with the switch first, you should hear a clicking noise when you depress the switch but that does not mean the switch is bad. If you are making good contact and hear click, check switch with volt meter to verify switch operation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Testimonial: "Hey vincob, thanks for the reply. It was the switch. Still not sure why though since it is part of the starting circuit and the mower did start."

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Does the engine turn over?. The pto switch you mentioned is this the POWER TAKE OFF switch? In other words starts the deck? If so, it must be off when starting the mower. Any internal combustion motor needs fuel and spark. If it cranks over check for a spark. If no spark determine if it has points or breakerless ignition. Also check magneto coil. If you have spark then, be sure fuel is getting to the carb. With today's gasoline, you can't let it sit in the tank long without adding an additive. If the PTO switch you described, is blowing a fuse, then it cold be a bad coil on the clutch. You can disconnect this coil to see if it stops blowing the fuse. you didn't mention if it is a Kohler or BS engine. Try this link:

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My name is Dane and I am going to assist you in solving your problem. However, I would ask that you do one check for me before we go to the seat switch procedure. Please find the starter solenoid on your mower. Make sure that the large cables coming from the battery and going to the starter are clean and tight. Make sure that your 1 (possibly 2) wires going from your switch to your solenoid are also clean and secure. Use a volt meter on DC volts, or a test light and check the small lead on the solenoid and make sure that when the parking brake is on and the Deck PTO is off, that you aren't getting 12VDC when the key switch is turned to the start position. If you have a 2-wire system, 1 of them is for ground only. 1 of the 2 wires should get 12VDC. If you get 12VDC at the small terminal of the solenoid, but no power to your starter, the solenoid is bad.

But you are probably correct that you have a problem with the seat safety switch on your lawn mower. The seat safety switch makes sure that if you are ever thrown from your mower, the engine will die.

You should check under the seat of your mower and locate a small square box with normally 2 wires connected to the end of it. While looking at the switch, press down on the back of your seat and make sure your seat is activating the switch. If not, you must get the switch correctly positioned so it makes contact and pushes the button. If you found nothing wrong there, go to the next step.

Make sure the 2 wires are connected and the wiring is in good shape. Disconnect the wires from the switch and make sure there isn't any corrosion on the terminals of the switch or the connector. After you have done this, reconnect the switch and try again to see if the mower will start.

If not, disconnect the switch again and place a jumper wire between the 2 prongs of the connector and tape them so they will not ground out on the frame. Start your mower and see if it operates correctly. If so, you have got a bad seat safety switch and it needs to be replaced. This was only a troubleshooting procedure. You should never operate a mower with this switch disconnected, because you could be seriously injured. Go buy a new switch and replace it. You will need the make, model and serial number of the mower in order to get parts.

There is a small chance that either your clutch/brake safety switch or your PTO safety switch could also be at fault. Normally they won't go bad, but will just get out of posistion so that when you activate the clutch/brake they won

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