View Full Version : John Deer LX277 engine stalls

05-20-2009, 02:26 PM
I'm in need of some advice on what to look for in order to get my ride-on tractor to stay on. Here is the whole story.

* Tractor sat unused for 12+ months, including a new england winter. No fuel preservatives or winterizing was done.

* When I went to start it, battery was dead. I had it recharged successfully.

* After starting running for 10 minutes engine (without deck engaged), engine stalled. I was unsuccessful at getting it running again until I added engine starter fluid in the carburator. Also topped off fuel tank (about 4 gallons were put in)

* Used the tractor for 1hr (without deck engaged). Tractor speed felt sluggish. It stalled a couple of times but I was able to restart it.

* On another day, I started it and it stalled. Noticed the fuel filter was empty. I suspected a fuel problem so I changed the pump and put in a new filter.

* Now when running (deck unengaged), the battery light sometimes stays on. When I engage the deck, the battery light always turns on. When a little bit of load is placed on the deck, the engine stalls.

* After stalling, I can get it started but it won't stay on unless I push on the choke level all the way up.

* The speed of the tractor, even deck ungaged, is noticeably slower.

I think the key to finding the problem here is the battery light turning on and the slower speed. It is indicative to me of a fuel problem but I can't find the problem yet. The spark plugs were new before the tractor sat unused for 12+ months. I will probably replace those today as well. In the meantime, any more suggestions??


05-20-2009, 07:03 PM

It would be nice to know what engine is on this tractor (model and spec numbers), It sounds like you need to perform a good carb cleaning as outlined below.

Take the carb. off then tear it down, Spray carb. & choke cleaner with the straw through ALL ports, passages and jets then blow it out with compressed air if available then re-assemble....

Once you get the engine running properly the battery light may go out.