LX176 JD w/ 14HP Kawasaki ignition switch

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by djd_201, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. djd_201

    djd_201 LawnSite Member
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    I've got a friend on limited income that has a rather raggedy but tough work John Deere LX176 riding lawnmower. Over the past, he has unhooked most of the safety kill switches and such and just uses it for rough gut lawnmowing. He had to replace a starter last week which we helped him purchase, but once installed, the starter stays engaged even though the mower starts and runs. This is a new starter and new solenoid, but we replaced the solenoid anyway with another new one we had, and the same symptoms apply. My diagnosis was merely that the ignition switch may be bad, not allowing the return circuit to disengage the solenoid once the motor starts. Does this sound close to common sense or does someone have some tips. Also, if this "is" the trouble...on this model of tractor, what would be the possibility of just installing a normal econo-priced ignition switch and eliminating the higher cost circuit board ignition panel, what would be involved? Thanks in advance.

  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Does the unit have ample grease? Sounds like you forgot to shim up the starter, were there and metal shims in the box?

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