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Posted August 31, 2013 - 09:54 PM

I have a 2182 cub cadet super with a kubota gas engine. I was mowing when out of nowhere tractor started losing all power and wanted to die. I quickly turned off the pto and it would run fine, turn the pto on and it wanted to die. When flipping the pto switch I notice the amp light flashing on/off, raising the rpm's it would stay off. I let the tractor sit for about 20 minutes, tried to mow, it ran fine with the pto on for 3-4 minutes and started acting up again. I put a new battery in it 3 months ago, could the rectifier or alternator be bad? Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks

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Posted September 01, 2013 - 01:07 AM

I would check the wiring to the clutch and see if it's shorting out somewhere. Also check the ground to the battery, make sure it's a clean connection. If the tractor starts right back up, I doubt it's in the Alt/Rec. or the battery would be dead.

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Posted September 01, 2013 - 05:57 AM

I don't know if there is a set of interlock contacts in the PTO switch but if there is that could be a source of trouble as well. The battery voltage should tell you if it's charging properly. As mentioned above, any bad connections in the charging circuit, including the connection from battery - to chassis, will cause reduced charging current and maybe it's low enough to cause your battery to run down when the PTO is engaged for long periods of time. The regulator could also be giving out on you. 

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Posted September 01, 2013 - 09:01 AM

First thing that I would check is the battery voltage with the engine running at 1/2 throttle or so. If you are reading 13.6vdc or in that neighborhood you can pretty much rule out a charging issue. You need to start at the source and move on from there. As JDBrian stated make sure all the ground connections are in good shape. If you don't read that you can check the 2 wires that come out of the engine alternator to the rectifier for a 30 VAC reading or better at full throttle. That will tell you the condition of the alternator. I just had to replace the reg/rectifier on my 3 cyl. kubota deisel Cub for a non charging issue.