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  1. #1
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    John Deere L111 lawn tractor troubleshooting

    I borrowed a L111 lawn tractor a couple days ago and somehow killed it. Looks like it had just been serviced and not yet used for the season by itís owner. It started up good, maybe a little rough on the first start but then great on each following start. Managed to mow about 1/2 acre with no problem then couldnít get it to start up again. Last thing I did was cross a kinda rough flower bed with the blade up and it died when I tried to re engage the blade. Now it cranks hard when I turn the key but doesnít start. Anyone familiar with this mower know if there is something that can be jostled out of place like a safety switch or something? Hoping there is something to try first before I have to go through every part on the machine. Gotta get this in good running order ASAP


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    check blades, drive. sounds like blade vine wrap or some rope wrapped around drive

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    Fuel, air, fire. You need all three to start. If it's turning over but not starting make sure you fuel getting past the filter and have spark at the plug.

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    Seat switch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    Seat switch?
    This...or the brake switch.
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    You stalled it cold, plugs are just fouled?

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    I have an x360. There is an automatic shut off level in the back just below the gas tank. I wonder whether yours has the same, and somehow it was activated by wayward brush, or something???
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    I had a very similar problem with my Scag mower. Turns out it was just a bad fuse.

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    OP, any luck?

    You have gas in the tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    I have an x360. There is an automatic shut off level in the back just below the gas tank. I wonder whether yours has the same, and somehow it was activated by wayward brush, or something???
    What are you even talking about?
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    You're gonna need to take care of that safety valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And you're gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.
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    It's all ball bearings nowadays.

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    More than a few times I get skunked as to why my mower won't start and it's because I left the blade lever engaged while trying to restart after nailing something.

    This past fall I went through a whole deal trying to find the solution to a similar problem as yours with my Cub Cadet with no luck and finally discovered this simple fix (after 3 minutes or so).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ7uKlv8jx0
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    lol Got it started and finished mowing last night. Figured out the tank doesnít drain all the way and dies with about a pint left. larilinesign had already suggested it probably just needed moar gas but of course I made a thread and went through every part on the machine before I hiked up to the shed to grab a gas can

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    ^^^^^^
    Kinda like electrical appliances? They work best when they are plugged in.
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    over 30 yars I had about 6 calls where I duno what it was but all i did was plug the M/C in and it works

    they always asked " what did you do ? "

    I deadpan tell them to never show a computer fear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    OP, any luck?

    You have gas in the tank?



    What are you even talking about?
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    The word level should be lever or toggle....sort of resembles a choke
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonDead View Post
    lol Got it started and finished mowing last night. Figured out the tank doesnít drain all the way and dies with about a pint left. larilinesign had already suggested it probably just needed moar gas but of course I made a thread and went through every part on the machine before I hiked up to the shed to grab a gas can
    This is incredible. LOL!

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    It just needs gas. Did you get the lawn mowed?

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    Here’s what you need: https://www.grazemowing.com/
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    Fuck spending time on lawn mowers. Just get a goat.


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    I know a person who had 2 sheep they put em in a small portable pen they moved around the yard,

    the sheep were named

    Briggs and Stratton
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    https://hiregoats.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
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    The word level should be lever or toggle....sort of resembles a choke
    On mine that pull rod is the drive train disengagement. You pull it out if you want to be able to push the machine around. You can start the engine with it pulled out but you won't be able to move anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by From_the_NEK View Post
    On mine that pull rod is the drive train disengagement. You pull it out if you want to be able to push the machine around. You can start the engine with it pulled out but you won't be able to move anywhere.
    Exactly.
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