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03-24-15, 04:49 PM   #1  
poulan riding mower electrical question

I have a Poulan riding mower model number pxt195G42 - 19.5 hp. I apologize in advance because I'm I feel sure this might not make much sense!

My dog decided to chew some wires and I need help Identifying a few of them. I purchased 2 new ignition wiring harnesses because I could not find the individual parts so I just bought the whole thing. However, there were still 2 "parts" or wire connections that weren't included. I searched the manual and diagrams and I still can't figure out exactly what I need. I took a picture of it and I am hoping someone here can tell me what its called and point me in the right direction to where to buy the part! In the picture, you can see there are two wires coming from a connector located near the starter, one is RED the other is Orange, I need to replace this connector but I can't figure out what it should be called in order to buy the replacement, also, I can't figure out what those two wires should be connected to! Right beside that is another smaller connector and I don't know what should be plugged in to this as well. I was thinking maybe these two things should be connected to each other but I still need to replace the connector itself. UGH, I wish I knew the proper terminology!! Name:  mower pic.jpg
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03-24-15, 05:09 PM   #2  
They come from your alternator. One (with a diode) is intended to charge your battery with 12V DC; the other probably lights your headlights, or some other appliance with 12V AC.

If you wanted, you could probably skip the connector and solder the two to the appropriate leads IF you can trace them.

That connector was a handy means for them to connect the engine and chassis (coming from different facilities) during the manufacturing process . . . . not really of much importance to the end user.

Does your dog chew on 110 lines too ?

 
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03-24-15, 06:53 PM   #3  
LOL Vermont! I don't know why my dog decided to make a meal out of my mower wires.

I might have to just break down and take it to a repair place to fix it. I was just hoping I could just buy new wires and hook them up and be able to fix it. I'm a single mom and I was trying to save some money and fix it myself but this is just proving to be more than I can do on my own. I'm so frustrated though because, I was able to get all the other wires and connectors fixed and hooked up but these last two I just can't figure it out! UGH

 
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03-25-15, 05:09 AM   #4  
It sounds like you've done the more difficult part already (if it runs) !

If I'm correct in what I think I'm seeing, and it does run, then until those wires are re-connected 1) you won't be charging your battery while it's running, and 2) you won't have any lights.

It would be a shame to truck that unit to a repair place for such a minor fix. The back of your new ignition switch may give you a clue as to where those two wires should ultimately go . . . . there's probably a little code indicating alternator and another for accessories (meaning lights). The red wire (with the in-line diode that I see in your picture) should utimately make its way to the slot for the alternator, and the orange one should ultimately make its way to what is likely coded as accessories (or something along that line).

Maybe someone more familiar with your exact unit, and has the wiring diagram, can chime in here and "safely" guide you through that process, if it's within your comfort zone. I can't give you exact instructions without being there; I just know you're very close !

 
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03-25-15, 10:38 AM   #5  
Get a test light or volt meter and check the red and orange wires for power. The one with power is the one that connects to the red wire with the black shrink wrap on it coming from the engine. The other will connect to the black wire beside it. I think from memory it will be black to orange and red to red. Many mowers have this alternator connector and you could clip it off of a junk mower's harness, or just cut and solder as mentioned. If you cut the other connector off, be careful to cut it as close to the connector as you can so that you don't damage the diode under the black shrink wrap.


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