I have a John Deere that will not start. I purchased a new battery and it still will not start. It will start if I put jumper cables on it.
By Carol from Rapids, MI
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I have about a 3 year old John Deere model 115, with a 19 HP B and S engine. It started to lose power going up my hills and then died. It would restart and run a little longer and do the same thing. I had the carburetor worked on and it worked a little better for a short time and now is worse.
It went from running to not starting. The spark is good. It is just not getting gas. If I manually push gas into the bowl it will start and run. I replaced the fuel pump to no avail. It will still not start and is getting no fuel. All the hoses to the fuel pump are fine. The gas cap's vents are open. If the valves are out of adjustment could this cause the engine vacuum to be too low to actuate the fuel pump?
By Alex from Columbia, TN
I have a John Deere la105 riding mower, about 1 year old. It won't start. When I turn the key I get one click. I charged the battery and looked for a short or loose wire, same thing. I replaced the solenoid, same thing, turn the key and just one click. I replaced the battery, same thing.
I can get it to start by directly jumping the starter with the battery, but that's the only way. It seems to me that the battery, the starter, and the solenoid are all good. I am stumped. The only mobile John Deere repair within 200 miles closed, so I have to rent a trailer and drive it an hour away! So much for my warranty.
By Frankie from Merritt Island, FL
Well, I also have a John Deere with the same problem. With a freshly charged battery I get a click when I turn the key. Sometines after I turn the key several times the mower will start. When it doesn't I hook up my battery charger, put it on boost and turn the key. With the extra boost it starts. (05/25/2010)
I have a John Deere LA105 riding mower and it won't start. I have replaced the battery and the solenoid. When I turn the key I only get a click. Any suggestions?
Sounds like the starter is bad. Here's how you can test it.
My John Deere LA130 tractor won't start. The engine tries to start a couple of times, then nothing. It worked fine plowing snow and I leaned forward off the seat for something and it automatically stopped (like it is supposed to) and now won't start.
By McMorrow from Peoria, IL
Yes the mower has a safety device that shuts the engine off when you lift up off the seat. So you have to be in the seat for the mower to operate. Providing that the engine is getting gas and there is no water or ice in the gas line it may have something to do with the safety device attached to the seat. (01/21/2010)
My John Deere riding mower won't start. It tries to turn over, then gets weaker. It actually sounds like it's very stiff as it turns. Any ideas?