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#1 JoeInFlorida OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 12:35 PM

Greetings to all,

I just purchased a 1973 Economy 2414 with a mower deck on it. I ran it all over the Florida Flywheelers grounds when I purchased it and it ran great. Got it home and cut the grass yesterday and it did a great job. Went out this morning, fired it up and took a few pictures of it to post on my Facebook account. It began to rain so I went to put it back into the shop and when I hit the key......absolutely nothing! No clicking, no humming, no nothing! The battery is fully charged, the ignition switch seems to be good and not intermittent. The starter sounded good and strong when it started earlier so I'm a little stumped as to what the problem is. The wiring is a little shoddy and I'm in the process of replacing the wires, but I don't think that is the problem. I pulled off what I assume to be the voltage regulator on the back of the dash and it is packed with dirt and crud. I'll see if I can clean it up. Any suggestions?

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 01:12 PM

I would take a wire tester and start checking the wires coming out of the ignition switch and also check to see if the starter solenoid is working. If the solenoid is alright I would turn the motor over by hand and try starting it again. Could be a dead spot on the starter.

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 01:12 PM

You also need to rule out any safety switches.

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 01:31 PM

Welcome to the site. Glad you found us.
You should try to jumper across the solenoid to see if it's bad, Also check to see if you are getting power to the solenoid when you turn the key to start.

Edited by Texas Deere and Horse, March 01, 2011 - 01:36 PM.


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Posted March 01, 2011 - 01:39 PM

I don't "think" the 73 had safety switches, can you rope start it?

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 02:21 PM

Check your ground from battery first. Bad main ground & you're dead in the water.

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 04:33 PM

You also need to rule out any safety switches.


LOL safety switches on a powerking. have you seen on of those things. HARD CORE

Sounds like you dont have power to the solenoid. If you did and it were the starter you would hear an obvious click from the solenoid

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 01:23 PM

Thanks for all the responses. The main problem turned out to be a loose ground connection. I'm sure the spliced wiring didn't help the problem (coil to switch had 4 splices that were corroded). While re-wiring, I pulled the starter and found the Bendix gear sticking. Cleaned everything up and now it starts with just a touch of the switch. I'm a happy camper again!

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for all the responses. The main problem turned out to be a loose ground connection. I'm sure the spliced wiring didn't help the problem (coil to switch had 4 splices that were corroded). While re-wiring, I pulled the starter and found the Bendix gear sticking. Cleaned everything up and now it starts with just a touch of the switch. I'm a happy camper again!


That is terrific that you got it figured out. The years of abuse takes a toll on these machines as well as previous owner repairs and not so good repairs.

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 02:42 PM

LOL safety switches on a powerking. have you seen on of those things. HARD CORE


True, I wasn't paying attention to what make or model LOL. A lot of the old ones don't have safety switches at all but it is surprising that you do find one on occasion.

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 07:18 PM

Glad you got it sorted out. The PK's are great tractors, hope you enjoy yours!! We'd love to see some pictures when you get a chance.




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