Toro Timecutter Z4200 engine quits when i try to move

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by chefcam864, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Hello all, I'm new to the forum and have a question about my mower I hope one of you can answer.
    Starting 3 days ago, my mower began cutting off when I move the controls from the park position to go forward or reverse. It doesn't bog down or anything like that. It's similar to when you try to get off the mower with the blades engaged. Any ideas where I should start looking? I'm pretty sure it's an electrical thing, but just don't know where to start.

    I don't do this for a living, but I mow my yard, my mother's yard, my fiance's mother's yard, and a few friend's yards. It helps them out, and I enjoy getting outside and working, plus it's nice to make a little extra money. I've been reading the forum for about a month now trying to make my yard look like a pro takes care of it. I've picked up a lot of useful information here.
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Did you check the FUSE?!

    Seat safety switch.
  3. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    No I Didn't, but I just realized I left out a key bit of information. The problem is intermittent. Sometimes if I wait a few minutes and try it again it works. I'll check that fuse, but the problem being intermittent tends to make me think it's not a fuse. Can't hurt to check though. Thanks!
    I did unplug the seat safety connector and sprayed it out with contact cleaner. It had a bit of dust in there, but nothing major.
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Put a jumper wire across this connector and see if it still acts up......
  5. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Good idea! I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes.
  6. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,139

    What style parking brake does it have. Manual or electric?
  7. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I'm not sure, but it has two little tabs under the seat you have to move forward to roll it if its not turned on. You do not have to release a brake to move the machine under it's own power. You just push the controls forward and away she goes (at least when all is well).
  8. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Well I figured it out... The ignition is a little sticky, and the key doesn't always rotate out of the start position to the run position. I just have to give it a little nudge in the right direction and the problem is solved. I bet I spent 2 hrs going through this darn thing before I figured it out. I don't think that says much about my skills as a fixer of things...

    Thanks for the replies, Casey

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