17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model

I was mowing with no problem. I stopped for about an hour and went back and tractor will not start. I thought that the battery was down and jumped it with no response. It seems like an electrical problem that happened all at once. I have tried to check safety and all switches but cannot see anything wrong. How should I proceed to check this out and fix it?
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A common problem with the Primary electrical circuit (starting circuit) is the starter solenoids needs replacing. When you turn the key,nothing happens,but if you jump the two large terminals on each side of the solenoid with a large screw driver, the starter motor should turn. The only other parts that could be considered suspect (As long as the Battery is good and allowing enough Ampheres to the starter), is the ignition switch or the starter motor itself. If you jump the solenoid, that is located usually on the inside wall under the steering wheel, and the starter turns the engine over, than I suspect the solenoid is bad.

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Riding Mower Clicks but Doesn`t Crank

When you hear a click as you turn the key, a weak battery, bad starter solenoid, faulty wiring, failed starter motor or a seized engine could be the cause. This DIY troubleshooting will help you figure out what to fix.

Why does the tractor make a clicking sound and not start? If the riding mower makes a heavy clicking or a rapid clattering sound when the key is turned to the start position, there is a problem with the battery or a part of the starting circuit. The clicking noise comes from a part called the starter solenoid.
Touch the metal shaft of a screwdriver to both of the large terminals at the same time. If the engine turns over and starts, the solenoid is bad and should be replaced. If the starter motor does not run, the motor itself is probably defective.
Disconnected, dirty or fouled spark plugs are common causes for engines that won`t start. For small engines, spark plugs typically need to be replaced every season or after 25 hours of use. You should also check to make sure the spark plug gap is set correctly.
Bad starter motor: If you hear a single click when you turn the key, but the engine won`t start, that could mean there`s a problem with the electrical system. The starter motor is responsible for physically turning the engine over and getting the engine to fire. If this is the issue, you`ll need a new one installed.
If the starter engages but does not disengage when you let go of the key, the solenoid is likely bad and the starter may suffer significant damage as a result. Sometimes your car starts, sometimes it doesn`t. Intermittent operation can be a sign of a failing starter solenoid.
The Spark Plugs

The engine`s spark plugs get worn down and damaged over time due to use. A faulty spark plug can cause hard starts, low fuel consumption, and reduced performance. Spark plugs can be one of the first things you check when your tractor performance is off.

The most common cause for slow or hard cranking is a poor ground circuit or bad electrical connection. With your John Deere, I would tend to think that it is weak ground either at the cable or where tractor ground/starter mounts. A tractor, in the same manner as a car, uses a DC electrical system.
When a solenoid is first energized, its coil receives a pulse of high inrush current that decreases as the plunger closes. If the plunger does not close, the high inrush current continues, which can cause the coil to overheat and burn out. This is the most common cause of solenoid failure and spotting it is easy.
The most common cause for slow or hard cranking is a poor ground circuit or bad electrical connection. With your John Deere, I would tend to think that it is weak ground either at the cable or where tractor ground/starter mounts. A tractor, in the same manner as a car, uses a DC electrical system.

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Tractor ran out of gas, put more in, now won’t start again
ANSWER : Is it diesel ? Do you have a way to prime the fuel supply (fuel priming pump) ?

Wont start I charged the battery and all I’m getting is a clicking sound when trying to start
ANSWER : Your battery is junk. Replace it. Lead/acid batteries lose about 1% of their charge per day, so in 90 days of non-charging they are basically discharged. This is a bad thing. When winter comes, put a smart trickle charger on it, or at least once a month put a non-smart trickle charger on it for a couple hours or an afternoon so you keep it charged up.I love/hate batteries.

My cub cadet won’t start just clicks ,i changed the fuse and tryed to jump start it no luck what do i do now?
ANSWER : Check your soleniod.

Ford truck150 xlt triton 2007starter
ANSWER : Check that battery has full power Check terminals are clean and tight. If starter is old and done a lot of work check brushes for wear. If worn may need complete overhaul. Check that holding studs are tight.

Changed the transmission in sears tractor. now it wont start. wont even turn over
ANSWER : Check your solenoid make sure that is plug in right

My 2n will not start
ANSWER : I would check the points for open and closing.

Install a new selenoid & I hook up the battery, And the tractor want to start??? I think the wireing is hook up Okay. Don
ANSWER : Hey don,

The key switch supplies power to the coil, it has nothing to do with the cranking circit. When you press the start button it supplies power to the solinoid, that in turn activates the starter motor. You can crank the engine even if you dont have power to the coil. Which is what I think you have happening. On the coil it has two small wire under two small nuts with a big wire in the middle going to the distributor. The two small wires are marked with a + and -, The + side should have 12v with the key turned on and 0v with it in the off position. The – Negitive side goes to the points. Check the points for burned, stuck, worn out lob on cam, if you have no spark. If you have spark, you need to address the fuel, Try spraying carburetor cleaner ( not either) into the carburetor to see if it fires then quits, this proves you have a fuel issue.

Make sure your battery is fully charged, and that the ground is a good one.

Hope this helps

John Deere 4400 Farm Tractor won’t start in cold weather
ANSWER : Sounds like your glow plugs are not working.
Replace / test.