I have a John Deere LA120 lawn tractor. Long story short, it ran out of gas in the field. It was left there for about a week and was rained on twice. Now when I go to start it, I get nothing. No clicking from the starter or anything. The battery shows 12.9 volts and the headlamps come on when the switch is turned passed that position. I have checked all of the wiring and looks intact. The 20 amp fuse is ok. Could the rain have messed up the solenoid or starter?
Make: JOhn deere
checked the battery, cables and fuses
Yes the rain will cause major problems.
Most of the time it is actually a safety switch that is not working right.
Try the mower engagement switch first.
Many times when a mower runs out of gas, the customer forgets to turn the mower engagement off.
If this is the case, just turn the mower deck switch of and you may have it fixed.
Other than that it could also be a brake/clutch switch that is ot working right.
But it could also be a connection to ANY of the switches. IT might have corroded
I have a brake/clutch switch, unaware of any mower engagement switch
I have an extra battery, is there any way to jump the solenoid to bypass the safety switches to determine whether it is the solenoid or starter, then work backwards
solenoid or starter problem
All you have to do is take a jumper wire from the positive postt of the battery to the starter post.
This sould check the starter.
If the starter turns over, then the starter is good.
The mower deck switch is the electric switch that you turn the electric clutch on to make the blades turn ....or if you have an older unit, you may NOT have an electric switch you may have a lever that you push or pull to turn the blades on. Connected to this lever under the frame of the tractor would be a safety switch that must be activated.
If this switch is not working, then engine will NOT turn over.
I did not look to see which type of engagement you have, but you should be able to tell.
The starter works when jumped. The PTO is a lever and it is in the off position.
How can I check the solenoid to see if it is working.
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The solenoid can be checked if yoou take the jumper wire form the positive battery post and take it to the small post on the solenoid. Some of these thave 2 small posts so make sure that you do not connect it to the wrong small post. One has 12 volts to it and the othere is a ground.
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The lever of the mower deck engagement, is supposed to press agains a switch under the tractor frame. If this is not being pushed all the way, then it will not work.
It alsmost always is one of these safety switches.. Although the solenoid could be the problems, but it doesn;t happen very often.
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