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 05-14-2004, 15:55 Post: 86056
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Thanks in advance, everyone.

My tractor ran great on Sunday. I tried to start it yesterday, and it won't start. When the key is in the neutral position, all the lights are on. When I turn it to the start position, everything shuts off, just like throwing a switch.

It did the same thing this winter, but it turned out the hydro pedals were not level and when I leveled them, it started. I assumed it was safety switches.

This time the pedals are level already.

The batter cables are new and clean and the battery is good.

I talked to the mechanic at the dealership today, and he told me I was wrong about the safety switches, that the lights would stay on in the start position if it were safety switches and that my experience last winter was just a coincidence. He said leveling the pedals had nothing to do with getting it to start. I don't buy it, so that is why I'm here.

I have two questions:
1) I know where the safety switch under the seat is, and it seems to work fine. Are there others, and where can I find them?
2) What else should I check?

Thanks!
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 05-14-2004, 16:04 Post: 86058
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I know you said the battery is good, but have you actually load tested it? It may read 12.6 volts and still have an internal short that will cause it to fail under load, which would cause the exact symptoms you describe.






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 05-14-2004, 18:18 Post: 86061
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 Looking for advice-JD 955 won't start

Hello KaseyT, What Ken Said! I had the same problem with my 755 a couple of years back, the battery read 13 volts, so I ran through all the diagnostic test in the service manual- all passed OK. Turns out the battery WAS bad.
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 05-14-2004, 19:29 Post: 86066
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Check all of your battery terminal, block ground strap, and starter connections. You may have a corroded or bad connection in the loop somewhere. The battery has already been mentioned.






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 05-14-2004, 21:57 Post: 86083
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OK, the batter it is.

I already checked the cables, ground and terminals, all are OK and snug. The cables are new from last summer.

I will work on the battery tomorrow. I let you know what happens.

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 05-16-2004, 11:38 Post: 86151
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So, is she converting diesel to smoke and noise yet? ;o)






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 05-17-2004, 07:57 Post: 86191
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No, I had family come into town this weekend, so my wife said it had to wait. I just can't figure out some people's priorities! ;^)

I'll squeeze it in one evening this week.






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 05-22-2004, 16:44 Post: 86584
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OK, guys, one new battery later and it behaves exactly the same as with the old battery. Lights and gages come on when the key is in neutral position, then everything goes dead when I turn it to start.

I still think it acts like safety switches, but I don't know where they are, besides the one under the seat.

I will have to have the dealer pick it up unless someone here can launch something brilliant. Smile

I can't afford to have it down much longer, and I don't know how long the dealer will take.

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 05-22-2004, 18:35 Post: 86591
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Have you checked and thoroughly cleaned the frame grounding strap/cable and positive connection at the starter? Sure does sound like a corroded connection. Check the seat, clutch and pto safety switches but that does not sound like the culprit from your description.






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 05-22-2004, 20:42 Post: 86599
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Hmm. Sorry that the battery wasn't the problem, I hope you load tested the old one before spending the money! I wonder if the ignition switch is bad?






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