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Bought a used John Deere lawn tractor. Used it 3 times and today it won't start. Checked battery and date Oct. 2008. Bought and installed new battery. Insert key, step on clutch and "nothing" What am I doing wrong? Gas tank is full and oil check good.

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Hi,
one of the safety switches probably came out of alignment, probably the safety switch at the pto blade control. its an electric switch up under the frame usually. there are a few of these switches on riding mowers and just one of them will stop it. check your seat switch to make sure its functioning. a word of advice. these switches are backwards of what you would think they would be, meaning when the switch contacts are apart, it will start and when they are closed or together it wont. if switch seems to be working unplug the electrical connector off the ignition switch from the rear and see if its rusty, plug it back in. check your battery connections for rust, check all your contacts for rust and sand them down.
jm .

Posted on May 17, 2011

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    Jude Meredith May 23, 2011

    a clarification- okay theres two important circuits here. starting and running. the starting circuit has to have the contacts closed together to start the engine, the spark plug circuit must be an open circuit to keep the engine running. the PTO switch is usually a combination ignition kill( (running) and starter kill switch and the seat switch usually is just the ignition running) circuit by itself.

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