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John Deere 400 will not start

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I inherited a John Deere 400 from my grandfather and it has been sitting outside for the last few years. I wish I had known about this but anyway here we are. I want to get the tractor rolling again but I can't get it to start.

The tractor has always had various electrical issues and of course after sitting for a few years they're even worse. As I recall from working with the tractor a few years ago the handle on the right side as you are sitting on the tractor has to be pulled just so in order for the tractor to start. I'm not completely sure what that handle is for as the tractor was used exclusively for pulling and never had a deck. I can't find the owners manual or service manual and the tractor does absolutely nothing when you try to start it.

Where can I start to get the tractor going again? I hate to see it go to waste as I did a lot of work with this tractor when I was younger. Thanks in advance!
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John, The complete 396pg service manual can be found at a site called ''scribd.com''. You can view it for free. Cost a few bucks to down load.
The problem is finding it. The volume of this site is so HUGE! It is listed as ''John Deere 400 Hydrostatic Tractor Service Manual''. It is in their [document section]. It is available in pdf format.
Use the sites filters to narrow down the search. If your lucky you can get it down to 400 or so items. They also have the 140, 317, 425-455 tractor manuals.
Once you find it, don't forget to put it in your favorites bar.
As far as I know, this is the only place on the web that has it. I am computer illiterate, for I guess there must be a way to get a direct link out of my favorites bar to post here. Sorry.
Its in there, you just gotta dig it out. These other tractor manuals I listed, are easier to find. Wouldn't you know it.
Welcome to WFM, and welcome to the ''Black Sheep Squadron''. That's the moniker around here for us 400 folks. Later, JZM
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John, My link worked. I checked it before I posted. It is a big data drain, for me to go there right now; in order to get the author. I get free data from 12am-5am est. I will get it for you tonight. I saw the author listed, but didn't write it down.
So check back tomorrow. The manual also includes the rear pto, mower deck, rear tiller, and snow blower.
John, It is listed as published by ''ncysys'', on Jan 18 2011. Categories: Types, Instruction manuals.
That's all it shows. JZM

John, Everyone, Above is the link to the 400 service manual.
We can all thank my daughter Emma, who came by for a visit.
I will put this in a new post so every one can find it in the future.
Cause this is about the 6th time this 400 manual issue has came up in the last year JZM
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