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I have a Deere 112L riding mower. Worked fine last week,

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Hi there. I have a John Deere 112L riding mower. Worked fine last week, went to start it today and nothing. Won't turn over, no click, no crank, nothing. Almost like a safety is on. I checked the park brake safety, that is not engaged and the pto is not engaged either. Any idea what the issue could be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a voltmeter to check the system?

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

If you follow the positive battery cable to the starter solenoid, can yu jump the battery terminal to the switch terminal?

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

All I see is a neutral switch for safety switches!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

There is a circuit breaker instead of a fuse. It could be open and no voltage past it.

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Did you check battery and cables?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I replaced the battery today, and am still having the same issue. So I don't think it's that.Where do I find the circuit breaker?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Did you try jumping the solenoid? The circuit breaker is in the wire from the posiitve side of the starter solenoid. The wire goes from solenoid, to the circuit breaker, to he keyswitch.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay with new and old battery hooked up i get 12V with the voltmeter, when I touch the negative to a ground and the positive to the solenoid i get nothing, so does that mean the problem is before there?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

You are using jumper cables? Are you putting the cable to the starter side?

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Bad cable , posiitve or negative ground, to frame.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi sorry, was away from home for a few days, can we pick up where we left off? I have power from the batter, 12V, but no power to the solenoid. What should i look for next?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am using jumper cables.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Did you check the cables???

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Power to solenoid comes direct from battery!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how do i check the cables?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the cables are hooked from the battery to the terminals, the terminals are reading 12v.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Where do you have negative cable going to?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the cables from the battery are connected to the negative and positive terminal on the lawnmower
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
should it be somewhere else?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Jumper cables on the battery terminals? Put negative jumper on ground to engine.

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Jumper cables on the battery terminals? Put negative jumper on ground to engine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay, so I was looking at the wrong thing, 100% power to solenoid. My bad. What am I looking for next?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Check the neutral start switch. It may be open, killing the start circuit.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay, how do i do that?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Locate the switch on the transmission and bypass it.

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

two purple wires to it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sorry, no clue how to do that
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Hold key in start and wiggle the shifter

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