use again. Any ideas?
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Do a couple of good bounces on the seat, check the clutch brake pedal switch for clicks and then look at the PTO clutch. More ofthen than not the wires around the PTO clutch get damaged by the belt and short to the chassis. If this does not help you identify the problem… you will have to use a meter with the key on and the POSITIVE terminal disconnected from the battery (isolated) seatching for chassis grounds. You will need a new fuse installed while troubleshooting. When a ground is found with the key ON…. check to see if you have that same ground on the alternator terminal of the key switch. Usually terminal A or A1.

Check out this diagram.. it is typical of all riding mowers… http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/1006648P-00012.png

Mostly the top part of the schematic for safety switches and the starter Jumper white to white on the PTO clutch wires and see if it will turn over. Result = No check to make sure the clutch / brake pedal switch is being made when you depress the brake. Next install the Seat switch jumpers black to black and gray to gray for TESTING only and attempt a start. Last… use a longer jumper and connect White wire of PTO to the solenoid small ( + ) terminal and try a start. If it starts here the clutch / brake switch is bad. You can do this.. it is not hard. Just a matter of sorting out which switch is not working. Something to try before installing jumpers… Bounce on the seat pretty hard several times and cycle the clutch / brake pedal through full stroke. I.e fully depressed and then pull it all the way to the top for 5 or 6 cycles. Then attempt start. Kelly

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Why did the fuse blow? A fuse may blow from a temporary electrical surge in the wiring harness, such as when the battery is improperly connected. A fuse may also blow as a result of a direct electrical short somewhere in the wiring harness or electrical system.
The fuse on a riding mower is typically located either underneath the hood or in the battery compartment.
If it is difficult to start the ride-on mower, the most common reasons include: Old fuel; make sure to use fresh fuel, especially after winter storage. Spark plugs might be dirty or damaged. How to examine and replace a spark plug on your ride-on mower.
If these basic troubleshooting steps don`t help you get the riding mower started, then one of these more complicated failures could be preventing the engine from starting: Blown fuse. Bad ignition switch. Failed safety interlock switch.
Overloaded circuits, short circuits and ground faults are all legitimate reasons why your fuses blow on a regular basis or causes for your fuse box to trip out. Other causes could be a result or ageing or faulty wiring as well as power surges.
Loss of power while working

If you feel loss of power while you are working with your Ride-On mower, this could be due to: Damaged belt tensioner which is tensioning the cutting deck belt. The belt connecting the cutting deck being damaged.

Electric lawnmowers may cut out for two main reasons: A faulty power switch or a loose cable connection. An overheating motor can cause the thermal cut out to trip.
If the spark plug produces a spark and you are still having difficulties starting your chainsaw, it`s time to check the gap. The spark plug gap is an air gap between the ground electrode and the center electrode. If the gap is too small, the spark struggles to ignite the fuel and air mixture.
Electric lawnmowers may cut out for two main reasons: A faulty power switch or a loose cable connection. An overheating motor can cause the thermal cut out to trip.
The simplest possibility is the bulbs (brake light bulbs) on the circuit have corroded and the contacts have melted such that they touch creating a short. Another bulb related fault occurs if the filaments in a dual filament bulb short together.

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Cub Cadet zero turn:Engine starts and runs about 5 seconds before blowing 20 amp fuse.
ANSWER : You may have a faulty voltage regualtor that is blowing fuse. Have you tried a fuse that is 5 more amps?

My zero turn burns pto switch’s repeatedly without blowing
fuses. Can you please help!
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Key start Toro Recycle blows fuse when the key is turned.
ANSWER : Bad wire shorting to ground. Repair.

My 300z riding lawn mower zero turn starts but stalls when mowing the grass, please tell me what it could be?
ANSWER : Dirty carb possibly or the governor has failed

My p.t.o. wont start my blades the engine runs but the blades wont start when i pull up the p.t.o on
ANSWER : Belt needs tightening or its brocken.Check first.

My Toro LX425 keeps on blowing 20 amp fuses when I am mowing the yard. Why is it doing that?
ANSWER : A fuse will blow if: a positive wire is being grounded to the frame or two much current is being passed thru it.

I have a cub cadet mower 2166, It wont start it keeps blowing the red wire fuse, I thought it was the battery so I bought a new one and cleaned the cables and ground wires, and I didnt see any loose or broken wires. as soon as you turn the key on it blows fuses please help
ANSWER : Hi,
There is a wire shorted to ground (metal) somewhere…check all the wiring for a bare spot somewhere… this is causing the short…repalce the wire and you will be good…
finding the bad spot is the hard part…

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Swisherinc com IT WILL NOT START. IT BLOWS FUSE
WHEN YOU TURN KEY ON.
ANSWER : If you leave this mower out in the weather you might have a wet ignition system. Clean battery, dry out switch (contact cleaner), inner locks and ignition parts. Do not jump the fuse to try to start.