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#1 wayne4750 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 04, 2015 - 11:46 AM

I have a John Deere  L118  lawn tractor, SN GXL118B070543.  I have replaced the battery, solenoid, and starter  and it will not spin fast enough to start. Won't even make a revolution. I tried jumping it from my truck, still won't spin enough to start., even grounding to the engine and jumping straight to the starter  Don't seem to have any more compression that it has ever had as I can turn it by hand fairly easy. This tractor don't smoke at all and is still a strong running tractor if I could get it started. It has 649 hrs on it.  Any help is appreciated!!


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Welcome to the forum. I'm not familiar with the tractor but if it has an OHV Briggs, try adjusting the valves.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Welcome

 

As Doug mentioned check your valves, these are prone to needing adjustments after so many hours of use


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 12:45 PM

:welcometogttalk: Is the starter dragging?


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Welcome to GTT. I agree with the valves as a possibility. Also check all electrical connections. The other possibility is that the starter is wornout. I would pull it and check for wear or a burned smell. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 01:22 PM

Sounds more like the starter if it don't spill going direct to it with booster battery.  Around $90 for a new one I got last summer.



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Posted December 04, 2015 - 06:20 PM

:welcometogttalk:


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:45 AM

Thanks, guys, i will check the valves as it appears to be the only thing left to check.  Like stated above, I put a brand new starter,solenoid, and battery on it. 


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 05:14 PM

    OK, checked the valves and all were within specs. Took the plugs out and could turn the flywheel more easily. Wasn't hard at all with the plugs in.  Using the ignition,  all I can get is a fast clicking from the solenoid and just a slight movement of the flywheel. Acts just like a very weak battery, but it is fully charged. I hooked jumper cables from my truck, grounded to the oil drain pipe and hot to the terminal on the starter. Same thing, only slight movement of the flywheel. This was with the plugs out.                                                   In my feeble mind, that indicates a faulty starter, even though it is brand new. I ordered it online to get it cheaper but have always had good luck with the parts. What are the odds that the old starter and the new one has the same problem?   Open to more suggestions!!



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Posted December 06, 2015 - 06:23 PM

Can you hook the ground directly to the starter? the only possibility other than a bad starter would be losing ground to the block. Not real common but I have seen it happen.



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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:51 PM

Could the flywheel key have sheered off?



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 04:12 PM

Well, My grandson who is highly mechanically inclined, hooked up the jumper cables to my truck like I did about 10 times before and it cranked right up. Both of us is at a loss to explain it.  After doing that it will start on it's own.   Thanks guys!!   UNSOLVED MYSTERY!!






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