A few weeks ago, my 318 battery indicator light would flicker about an hour into mowing. Found a loose headlight wire, assumed that was the cause. Next time out, same problem - but after flickering for 5 minutes or so, it stayed on and then blew the 3A fuse. Fuse appeared to be original and was so degraded I had to replace the in-line fuse holder. Now, the machine fires and runs fine, but battery light stays on. As soon as I engage the PTO, the blades run for 1-2 seconds, then blows the same 3A fuse. Found a mildly exposed/broken section on the 2-wire PTO harness, replaced that as well as the PTO switch with OEM parts. Still has the same problem. However, if the coil is unplugged, the battery indicator stays on but the fuse does NOT blow when flipping the PTO switch. I get the same result with the engine either running or off. Coil plugged in, fuse blows. Coil unplugged, fuse doesn't blow - but the battery light remains on either way. Searching other WFMachine threads I find this circuit only goes to the seat switch and TCDM - and it's typically a seat switch issue. I did in fact find a loose wire at the switch that I have since reconnected - but the problem persists. If the coil has a short (my current theory), why is the battery indicator still lit up even with the coil unplugged or disengaged? Fender deck and battery tray are both still out and I have looked for any bare or broken wires along every inch that isn't sheathed in the harness - found none and couldn't elicit a reaction by messing with any of the length of harness or connections that might be suspect, including the newly crimped in-line fuse. I'm a mildly (but not overly) intelligent human, just a poor mechanic. Any suggestions from the group?