Gt-18 Shutting Down And Pto Stops Functioning
Posted July 10, 2012 - 08:20 PM
Just bought a GT-18 off Craigslist, got it pretty cheap and I like all the features available with the tractor. Here's some of my issues.
When the tractor is put under some stress i.e. climbing a hill or cutting thick grass it starts to bog down and stalls
Center PTO for mower just quits for no apparent reason - rear PTO continues to spin
I'll be changing oil and filters this weekend, but that's about as much as I know how to do.
Posted July 10, 2012 - 08:33 PM
Sound like you may be having some fuel issues and maybe an electrical problem with the PTO.
The fuel issue, I would start with running a heavy mix of Seafoam, Marvel Mystery Oil, or Gumout in your gas. Sometimes this is enough, sometimes you have to rebuild the carb. It could be a fuel pump issue, but let's start with the additives first.
As for the PTO, do you have a multi-meter or test light?
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Posted July 10, 2012 - 09:27 PM
Some of us automatically mix seafoam with the gas when we fill the gas can. Report back your results.
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 04:59 AM
Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:52 AM
Posted July 11, 2012 - 08:02 PM
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 09:04 PM
I would keep running it in there somewhere between a while to always.
Posted July 12, 2012 - 09:24 AM
Posted July 26, 2012 - 02:14 PM
After a mowing session I shut the mower down, came back a few hours later and the battery was pretty much drained. Seems like there's a problem charging the battery.
I've got the repair manual, but I'm really not sure where to begin with troubleshooting this problem.
Posted July 27, 2012 - 02:32 AM
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Posted July 30, 2012 - 09:14 AM
What your experiencing is a clever Ariens design to preclude someone from trying to inhibit the safety interlocks. If you have a jumper in place of the seat switch and do not remove it after the ignition is off, the interlock will drain the battery(by design probably at the suggestion of lawyers). If you go to the Ariens web site, Customer Support tab, you can download the maintenance manual which has the electrical schematic of the interlock. If your electrically savey, you can figure out a work around. Best bet, replace the seat switch.
Posted July 30, 2012 - 07:40 PM
1. PTO won't engage unless there is sufficient voltage (12v and above) and it seems that the PTO crankshaft sometimes needs to turned a few times before it will engage successfully. (Don't worry, I'm turning it when the mower is off) The only way I get it to engage is after I've jumped it with my truck and the jumper cables are still connected. If I disconnect the cables and measure the voltage it's below 12v and the PTO won't engage.
2. The electrical system is pretty fouled up but I kind of knew that. Seat switch is missing, bypass circuitry is in place, etc. The guy I bought it from had two wires sticking out of the dash and said to start it you need to short these leads. Not knowing what I know now, these two leads bypass the solenoid so it will start. It's probably bad, but I'll see what I can find out tomorrow.
Any tips would be most appreciated......