Hi guy's. I just found this internet forum. Glad that I did. I was looking through it earlier today and seen this particular thread. So I decided to sign up.
With that all being said, I am in some need. Suggestions If you will. I have both a GT235 and an LT180. Currently, neither of them now run. Sigh. My GT went down a couple of months ago. I haven't messed with it since that day. The GT started it's downward spiral last December when I was mowing. Through a lot of trial and error I replaced parts here and there. It got back up and running for several weeks. Then, my daughter was on it to where it stopped. After that, plus a lot of talk w/the local JD dealership we've decided on the float valve was stuck. That GT is a strong running mower, great engine, lots of power and fast. I love mowing with it. However, it's currently down.
On to another story. Thank you guy's for taking the time to read through this.
When my GT kept going down I purchased an LT from a friend. He kept up all maintenance over the years he had it. Actually twice a year he had it at the local JD dealership. The mower is 14yrs old and when I bought it off of him it only had 249hrs on the clock. Thusfar, I've put on 50hrs of mowing time.
Regardless of that. Last Saturday I was mowing and it just stopped. Stopped right in it's tracks and won't start. I'm not exactly a mechanic but have an idea on basic things. So I pushed it into the basement. Tried to start it, won't start. I lifted up the hood to see the fuel filter didn't really have any gas in it. Thinking it's a gravity fed system, the fuel pump might be the problem. Being that they are $25, not a big deal. I purchased it, put it on, still won't fire up. Next in line I go, hmm, maybe the filter it actually clogged or something which there were particles of nasty stuff and somehow some small grass in it. I changed that too. It still won't fire. Before I got on, I held a can at the bottom of the fuel line, tipped it to make sure there was adequate flow. I had gas everywhere, lol. So I went to the dealership. They said try the plugs in case the coil packs grounded them out or something like that. Again for $6, who cares but I didn't think it would work. I changed them, still won't start. So this leads me to, where do I go from here? The voltage regulator was changed just before I purchased it from my friend. The dealership told me it was an electrical issue. I have a close friend who is an ASE mechanic who thinks it's a fuel problem.
Any help or ideas, would be greatly appreciated. I should note that having both the GT and LT that do not actually run and cut grass is not on the favorites list for the wife. lol