DC elctric clutch will not engage

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by twinh, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. twinh

    twinh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Hi everyone,

    I have a Dixie Chopper with electric clutch. Yesterday while mowing, the blades started to cut in and out then finally quit spinning. Now the electric clutch will not engage the blades at all.

    I have opened a body panel to expose the wiring and do not see any cut or loose connections. How should I proceed to track down the problem?

  2. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    Light tester or a multi meter. Could be your switch too. If your not sure how to trouble shoot you should call the dealer or take it to them.
  3. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    Unplug the wiring harness to the electric clutch and check the voltage out put with engine running and blade switch on. If you have in the neighborhood of 14 volts then the problem likely lies in the clutch. If you don't have adequate voltage there, check the AC voltage out of the charging coil from the engine. You will have to check the engine mfg for that spec. If the engine output is up to par then relays or blade swith could be possible problems.

  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    When you perform the test Dutch explained at the clutch plug connector put your pos. test lead to the pink wire and neg. lead on the black, This will also test the ground circuit.

    If you have no power move the black test lead to a good frame ground point, If still no power it could be the relay or switch.

    The Silver Eagle series can be a real pain to perform electrical test on due to having a seat safety switch along with the seat pan safety switch (can't gain access under the seat for testing without jumping these switches).

    You may just be better off to take it to your dealer for testing.

    Good Luck
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ohhh the relay is easy, run to an Auto parts store and buy yourself 2 relays, then anytime you suspect this fault simply plug in one of the new ones where the old one is... If the problem persists then it's not the relay so pull your new one back out for later.

    Afaik most everything has the same stupid relays, cars, trucks, mowers, etc.
    They play the which make and model game, but it should be all the same relay, DO compare to make sure, DO play the game.
    But now you should be able to troubleshoot a fairly good number of things with the new ones you bought, if the problem is fixed then you have one left for the next time.

    Sadly they're not cheap, but I did this a year ago and still have both new relays, evidently these things don't go bad often.
    Or you could always rotate relays, unless you have just one, what you do is exactly that, move them all one position, then if your problem relocates it's the relay.

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