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#1 Amy OFFLINE  

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:42 AM

I have a PK 2418 serial # 54742

 

During a rainstorm I heard it trying to start on it's own.

No key in the ignition, and in gear.

The tires were digging into the mud, but the plow and rear counterweight were down.

I had to pull the battery to stop it.

 

Now with the battery fully charged and hooked up, it won't start.

When I turn the ignition there is no sound.

 

I haven't done much mechanical work.  Feel free to talk "very basic" to me, and bear with my "stupid" questions.

I have the owner's manual, and have done the basic troubleshooting it suggests.

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks

Amy


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:53 AM

First off, :welcometogttalk:
Second, what an unusual problem...the only thing I can think of that would cause one to try starting on its own is a bad key switch or solenoid. Did it actually run or was it just turning over?

Hopefully a PK guy has more insight and will be along shortly.

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:39 AM

I had a similar issue with mine , was plowing in the snow storm and when I tried shutting it off the starter/generator kept running , had to do like you did and disconnect the battery ,  after the ignition switch dried out it was fine for a while then later in spring it wouldn't start , that time I just replaced the switch .  Not sure if you have a starter/generator or not but sounds like a bad ignition switch ,  do you have a test light ?  Oh yea Welcome to GTTalk ! 


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Welcome to the forum. sounds like you have gotten the answers you need already. If it's the standard ignition switch used on most small tractors it's not an expensive item. One of our site sponsors may be able to suppy you with the correct part.



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Welcome Amy!



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Have you already tried any of the Paranormal websites? Just a thought!


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Welcome to GTtalk Amy. 

 

As I read your post, I also thought of water intrusion in the ignition switch or solenoid.  With the battery disconnected use a hair dryer and focus it on the ignition switch and see if it will dry out.  Do you know how to use a meter?



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:14 PM

:welcometogttalk:



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:22 PM

welcome to GT Talk, sound like you are on your way, best of luck.



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 06:35 PM

:welcometogttalk:   seems the guys have given you great advice already , good luck Tom



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Posted August 07, 2014 - 07:25 PM

:welcome: and good luck.



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Posted August 09, 2014 - 12:02 PM

You could also check you starter solenoid by jumping it.  Just take a wire and connect it where you + battery cable attaches to it and then push the other end to the tab that is connected to the start terminal of your switch (should be marked with an S on the back of the switch on battery start systems).  If it doesn't turn over with a charged battery, the solenoid is dead.  Just an easy test before buying a switch.  






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