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I have a D4H crawler tractor, has set for 8 months, put new

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I have a D4H crawler tractor, has set for 8 months, put new batteries in but have no power to dash panel, ignition switch or starter. Acts like there is a kill switch? Any ideas?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medium and Heavy Trucks
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Expert:  cat_engines_only replied 11 months ago.

Yes, you have a battery disconnect switch. It is located in the left fender compartment. This must switch to the on position to complete the ground to frame circuit. If you think it has failed, use jumper cables to bypass the switch and connect from the battery ground to the chassis.

Please remember, this is a 24 volt system and you have a second battery on the right side. You will need to ground the battery on the right side to bypass the switch. The right battery is connected to ground and the left battery is connected to the starter (positive-RED-cable).

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
If that is not the issue, what else might I look for? Any sensor like issues?
Expert:  cat_engines_only replied 11 months ago.

Check for power to the breakers and fuses. Clean any corrosion.

Check battery cables for continuity and clean connections

Check connections to the harnesses connecting to the dash.

Battery power comes from the batteries to the starter post and then back up a 6 gage wire to the breaker (locate near the fuse panel) then to the fuses and on to the dash and keyswitch. The key switch then powers a main relay (located back at the fuse panel) and that will power other accessories.

Expert:  cat_engines_only replied 11 months ago.

No sensor will turn off power to the dash. Only a neutral switch is in the circuit to verify transmission is in neutral to prevent cranking.