JD 318 ignition trouble

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by rschap1, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. rschap1

    rschap1 LawnSite Member
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    I am the proud owner of a 1988 John Deere 318 that I mow with. Lately 1/2 way thru the yard it loses spark, dies, and I have to try and try to restart it. It may or 10 die again then be fine. No spark when dead...coil?? Checked over safety switches etc. they seem ok. Any help?? THANKS
  2. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    The exact behavior I've seen a failing coil do, but I don't know anything about the 318 engine ignition. Still, a napa coil would be cheap and a coils a coil 90% of the time.

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