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Hi, this is Russ, I'll be helping you with your problem today. THANKS! By pulling the deck off you probably inadvertinly disconnected a safety switch or damaged the wire harness in some way
Try ( if you know how ) jumping the solenoid and see if it turns over. If it does, then the problem is as I stated.
This is something that there is no substitute for simply visually looking at the switch and harness for a break or damaged / disconnected switch
THANKS AND GOOD LUCK
I don't know how to jump the solenoid nor do I know where it is. I am sure I didn't damage a wire harness, but I may have disconnected a safety switch.
As an asi8de, my tractor did this and the problem was a wire at the transaxle that rubbed through
sorry for typo's
I've got it jacked up on stands and been under it and nothing is disturbed that I can see.
Jump the solenoid to make sure I am correct
You may have to use a volt ohm meter to isolate the break in the circuit
Where is the solenoid?
Follow the POSITIVE lead from the battery and the solenoid will be at the end of it
To jump it simply take a large in diameter wire (jumper cable) FROM THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THE SOLENOID TO THE STARTER SIDE
Ok, that turned it over
Where do I go from here
If you need anything further, just ask I am going to another question and it will appear I have left
Ok Russ, by jumping the solenoid, it turned the engine over. Where do I find the other safety switches that may be the problem. As I said earlier, the seat switch has been pigtailed together, so I know thats not the issue.
There are switches at the brake/clutch, the blade clutch, transaxle etc. ANY one may be unplugged or the wire going to them damaged/grounded. ALSO the seat MAY have a switch, I don't rmemeber if an 86 model had them
Was the seat switch ALWAYS tied together???
If just done that MAY be your problem
WOAH! JUST READ THE SEAT SWITCH HAS 3 WIRES.....PUT IT BACK TOGETHER
Russ, I really appreicate your help guy!!
YOU ARE WELCOME! GOD BLESS
Yes, It has 3 wires
PUT IT TOGETHER PROPERLY
WITHOUT IT TOGETHER RIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FIND THE PROBLEM make sure to tape each wire as an idividual
sorry again typo's!
I'm not seeing the switches at the brake and transaxle. The seat switch is not with the tractor. It had apparently broken off or something, anyway the previous owner pigtailed the 3 wires together.
I am sorry, I wish I gould see t5he tractor, but those switches should be there and there is no way I can pinpoint the location of the problem. If you are good at wireing, find the terminal on the ignition switch that feed the safety switch circuit and run a wire from the switch to the small wire terminal on the solenoid. THEN TRY THAT TO SEE IF IT WORKS. You can use a volt meter to sww what terminals are energised in the START POSITION OF THE SWITCH!
The switches SHOULD be located by the clutch break, seat, a neutral safety switch by the shift mechanism, but I have no idea WHAT THE PREVIOUS DID TO IT! This is why I suggested trying a little rewire in my answer.