John Deere Lawn tractor won't crank


Old 08-07-04, 12:54 PM
John Stafford
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John Deere Lawn tractor won't crank

Any suggestions? Since one and a half weeks ago my John Deere STX38 lawn tractor wouldn't crank any more. It's about 14 years old, had regular maintenance through our local small engine John Deere dealer, including this spring. The battery shows 12 volts. The engine won't turn over when I turn the ignition switch. The gas line shutoff is turned "on". The product identification number is MOOSTXBO35602. The fuse near the ignition switch is good (I used the ohmmeter). I could buy a replacement ignition switch, but I don't have a schematic to check the connections. Anything else I can check? Thanks.
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Old 08-08-04, 12:40 AM
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Have a look at this thread,
Should give you some ideas to start, basically begin at the starter and work back toward the key switch.
Post back if that helped or not.
Old 08-10-04, 02:50 PM
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Any luck on the no-crank problem yet?
Old 08-16-04, 08:47 PM
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Wrong Voltage

Well, I remembered the wrong voltage when I posted my original message. I really measured 6 volts, not 12. It was a closed battery. It must have lost half of it's cells suddenly, and didn't even click the solenoid. Anyway, replacing the battery fixed the problem. Thanks alot!

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