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I recently switched out the snow plow for my mower deck. Now, when I turn off the tractor while mowing, it won't restart for hours. It eventually restarts but it seems the tractor has to cool off and rest...last weekend it had to sit in the yard overnight. It happened to me again just now.

When this happens, I think the PTO is still engaged, so the safety mechanism won't let the tractor start. The engine doesn't even turn over. Years ago something similar happened to me and I recall it was a fairly easy fix but I don't remember what I did to fix it. I vaguely recall I may have had to adjust the clearance on the PTO...but why would that become an issue right after reinstalling the belt on my mower deck? Could this be electrical...I also vaguely recall this could have something to do with a weak battery.

Thanks for your help!
 

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It's probably electrical, and not so much that you installed the belt for the mower, but you have started using the pto switch. My guess is the pto switch is bad. When it is not working right, try holding the key in the cranking position and flip the pto switch back and forth and see if the starter will engage. It could also be connections at the back of the pto switch. It could also be the seat safety switch, but less likely.
 

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Check the air gap on your PTO.. Get it too hot and you'll be shelling out 200.00 for a new one.

Maybe the belt is threaded wrong or pully is seized or a bad bearing in the PTO. Figure it out while it is a 25.00 bearing not a 200.00 PTO
Don't run it until you investigate it more.

Dom
 
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