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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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I have a JD 160. when I turn the key it grinds and tries to

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I have a JD 160. when I turn the key it grinds and tries to turn over, but won't turn the engine.
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Customer: I had it running and cutting for about an hour in tall grass. It began to chirp in turns. I turned it off to let it cool and then it wouldn't restart.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

What is the battery voltage , before and when you turn key to start?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'm not sure. It's down on a farm I own and I just got back home. It started up easy when I loaded it that day and then again when I started mowing. I had turned it off several times while mowing to move things out of my way.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

Battery may be discharged or cables may be loose or making a bad connection. You did check to be sure engine will turn manually?

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

My response shows as customer.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I was able to turn the engine manually and when I turned the key it tried to turn itself, but couldn't. It seemed to be cranking pretty strong, though.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

I think the battery may be too low to crank the engine. I would be prepared to jump start or replace the battery, and take new spark pugs.

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