Had a local mower repair guy that sees a lot of 318's, 316's, etc. try to find my electrical issue. Actually, he has another guy do his electrical work. The 1990 318(P218G) had been sitting fallow for a little over a year before I gave up on chasing the issue down. He had it a few months, and when I finally got around calling to check, he said that it had been fixed for several weeks, but he'd lost my number. So, my B.S. meter was pegged, and I was just wanting to get the mower back and never have to deal with him again.
After a blade and belt change, I started mowing. In 45 minutes it quit, same as before. No power anywhere. First things I checked were the 2 fuses. Here's what the 20amp looked like -
The spade was welded into the holder...
The fuse didn't even appear to be blown.
I love this machine, I do. But, it's getting really frustrating trying to keep it running. I guess I'll give it one more shot. I've got a friend that works at a local JD dealer, and he said to avoid their shop because tracing a short like that could come close to what would be a nice down payment on a new machine. Would anyone have any idea what would burn a fuse up so badly?