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JD 920M PTO Clutch/Switch

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Michael Ray, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    My switch to engage the blades wasn't working well at all today but I did get it to work. At one point I looked at the ignition and it gave 5-6 blinks. According to the book it's a problem with the wiring for the clutch. Any tips on trouble areas before I dig in?
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,045

    Of course look for bare areas, loose connections, corroded connectors...
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  3. Walker56

    Walker56 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,780

    Start by checking your grounds for integrity , then check the harness for evidence of overheated/melted connections and plugs etc especially by the clutch as @hal mentioned.
    Not sure what your manual describes but here is what I found for the two codes:
    6-This code indicates that an open circuit exists between the PTO output from the module and the clutch coil ground.
    Inspect for a poor connection between switch contacts in the PTO switch, or an intermittent/open circuit in the harness connections between the module and the PTO clutch, or an open circuit in the PTO clutch coil winding.
    5-This code indicates that there is excessive current through the PTO circuit.
    Inspect electrical harness for pinched, chafed, or frayed wires.
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Thanks. Hopefully it's just a bad ground. Good call.
  5. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,956

    Ya wanna double check the switch plug/connector and switch terminals, usually a trouble spot fer looseness, arcing/overheating, etc.
    Could be a bad diode also. ( if it has one, dunno bout yer specific unit)
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  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,692

    could just be a bad switch. they make all of them like crap these days. if it works when you wiggle it then that's the problem. you need a new pto switch.
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    There was a connection just above the frame that I separated, cleaned and regreased with dialetric grease. Seems resolved. Lots of dirt in there.
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Update, sucker is giving me issues again. Took a few things apart and I'm pretty sure it's the switch. Ordered another for $24. Will update.
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  9. robmints

    robmints LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I know the switches are cheap, and a good way to diagnose without much time or money invested. A few things I would look at if the problem comes back. Current draw, resistance through the windings, air gap, and the inline diode. And also take a little whiff for burnt potting compound while you are poking around.
  10. greenleafgreenscapes

    greenleafgreenscapes LawnSite Member
    Male, from Wi
    Messages: 144

    If you don't have the new switch but have the round pull out one you can get the new one. Plug in is same.

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