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Hi my name is ***** ***** welcome to Just Answer . It sounds like the ignition could be the issue . When you turn the key does it click when the motor doesn't turn over ?
If you can hear it click everytime it's not the ignition , could be the solenoid being the starter isn't slipping or grinding right ?
Ok have you removed the spark plugs and see if it will turn over every time ? , if so it could be a compression build up in the engine. Have you done a compression reading on the engine ?
If the starter and solenoid are both working when you tested them then the next thing to suspect besides compression is the ignition switch itself
Do you have a multimeter ? , if so you can test the ohms in it
This video will give you a basic idea
You have to remove the switch and look at the letter of each terminal.and then check the ohms when turning the key , etc , this should show if the switch is sending signal every time the key is turned
When you turn the key do you get lights every time ?
I'm on eastern time so if I don't respond back right away it's because it's 12:00 midnight here but I will check to see if you replied first thing in the morning
Hi just wondering if you were able to test the switch ?
Ok I can look into it further but if the starter works every time and the solenoid has been tested it seems like the switch could be not engaging every time the key is turned
It could be you have safety switches in the seat , brake clutch pedal etc
This video will show you how to test switches with a multimeter
Ok brian sounds good
As in when it's pushed in as in seats on it ?
So it sounds like the switch isn't allowing spark
What I meant was the switch isn't allowing current so it's not going to put power to the starter . The only time you should be able to fire the tractor up when your not on it is when the parking brake is locked . So if the switch is bad even when you are sitting on it ( button of switch pressed in ) the circuit still thinks it's closed so the starter is getting no juice
So it sounds like the switch could be a issue , have you locked the parking brake and tries to see if it will crank ?
Have you tried locking the e brake
You can test the clutch switch .