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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 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: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Do you have a voltmeter to check the system?

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years 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 2 years ago.

All I see is a neutral switch for safety switches!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

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

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Did you check battery and cables?

Customer: replied 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago.

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

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Bad cable , posiitve or negative ground, to frame.

Customer: replied 2 years 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 2 years ago.
I am using jumper cables.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Did you check the cables???

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Power to solenoid comes direct from battery!

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
how do i check the cables?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the cables are hooked from the battery to the terminals, the terminals are reading 12v.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Where do you have negative cable going to?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the cables from the battery are connected to the negative and positive terminal on the lawnmower
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
should it be somewhere else?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

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

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

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

Customer: replied 2 years 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 2 years ago.

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

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
okay, how do i do that?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Locate the switch on the transmission and bypass it.

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

two purple wires to it.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
sorry, no clue how to do that
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

Hold key in start and wiggle the shifter