LX178 stalls when brake released
Posted June 03, 2011 - 07:13 PM
My JD LX178 wouldn't start when I took it out of storage from the garage this week. Dead battery is no surprise, so I pulled out my booster pack and started the mower up without any problems. When I removed the booster pack from the battery, the engine would immediately stall, so I figured the new battery I had installed last year was already totally dead. I drove it a few hundred feet over to the barn to hook it up to a battery charger and get ready to mount the deck. After around 7 hours charging, the battery still wouldn't start the mower, but I wasn't terribly surprised, the charger is very old and only marginally reliable. I replaced the battery with one from our trailer and we were able to get the mower started. The odd part is that when I release the brake after starting the engine, it will immediately stall. Is this due to a brake safety switch or something? It seems odd that it should stall when the brake is released, even though the PTO is not engaged.
I am no small engine mechanic, but with some pretty pictures and a good description, I can get most jobs done. Please if anyone has some troubleshooting advice or knows what is causing my problem, let me know!
Thanks in advance,
Posted June 03, 2011 - 07:50 PM
Edited by olcowhand, June 03, 2011 - 09:37 PM.
Posted June 03, 2011 - 07:59 PM
Posted June 03, 2011 - 10:55 PM
Posted June 04, 2011 - 07:34 PM
Thanks to everyone for their input.
Posted June 04, 2011 - 07:57 PM