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Dixon zero turn quit working...help!!!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by clemsonfan69, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    I just got a 42" Dixon Zero Turn mower from a guy in my town. It worked perfect at his house and when I got it home. PERFECT.

    I came outside today around 3pm and cranked it and ran it around the yard for like 10 minutes. Well, 10 minutes ago I go to crank it and it wont crank.

    It sounded like it was close and trying hard the 1st time. So I turn the key again, same sound but a LOT less 'power' and the the thing on the top of the engine that spins looked like it was barely moving. Then the 3rd time NOTHING at all. No sound, movement - NOTHING.

    How can it work and then 2 hours later not???

    -CJ
     
  2. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    Did you leave the key in the run position and kill the battery? thats where i would start
     
  3. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    jump start the battery if it stays running the alternator is good but the battery is bad. If not the alternator is bad.
     
  4. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,104

    Clean your battery post and wires. If you have a battery charger charge the battery over night.
     
  5. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    16hp Kohler? Mine has done this for years. It will run about a week on a full battery charge. The charging system will not keep up with the draw. Since we just use in on mon & Tues we charge it the rest of the week, if we don't forget.
     
  6. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 41

    10 Hp Engine. I charged the Battery. Even tried jump starting it from my car. Still nothing.

    Although, when I turn the key into "Run", I can hear the starter turn over and get ready. Its when I go to turn it "On", theres nothing at all. No noises, doesnt even try to start.

    Its aggravating b/c it was running fine 2 hours prior to that.

    PS:I had someone look @ it and they pulled on some belts etc. and said the motor is not froze. Could it be the starter??

    Thanx everyone
    -CJ
     
  7. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,104

    It could be the starter or a saftey switch. See the picture below for help.

    starter-2.JPG
     
  8. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    First check these things. Are the steering sticks in the out position? Is the blade switch off? Is the drive lever in the parking brake position? All of these features must be in the off or neutral position before the starter will turn over. After that clean the batery cable connections and clean. There is one wire (small possibly red) that runs from the starter switch to the starter solenoid. This wire should have 12V. when the switch is turned to start. If it has 12V. at the solenoid, jump the two large lugs on the solenoid with a large screwdriver or wrench , it will spark a bit but the starter should kick over. If the starter does kick and the small terminal is getting 12V. on start then the solenoid needs replaced. 10$ or so.
     
  9. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,104

    OPPS! I goofed. You said 10HP and the picture I posted is for the 20,25 and 26 Kohlers. Sorry about that. When I read the post by 1grnlwn I realized what I had did.
     
  10. Joe B J

    Joe B J LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 37

    This sounds like you have the 'electric' blade switch on. You shouldn't hear any noise just turning to "run". I also believe that your battery is about shot, or not being charged properly.
     

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