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So i have a pair of X540's that i bought off a yard service that was having a going out of business sale. one has less than 1000 hours on it and the other has 2000. Both have run really well for the past 2 years. I was hoping to turn around and sell the 2000 hour one this year but after this winter went out to start it and nothing. charged the battery but it seemed great.

I assumed it was a safety switch problem So I swapped all of them...seat, ignition, pto from the other mower and the other mower ran fine and the older mower wouldn't do anything. I didn't swap the brake switch just bypassed it as its riveted and that would be annoying. the others were very easy.

I put a screw driver to the solenoid and it whined. i figured it should technically start the mower or at least crank it but it didn't so i went to the good mower than runs and starts perfectly and it made the same whine noise so i was like well it appears to be the solenoid.

i swapped the solenoid out and still nothing.

So now i'm just sitting here shaking my head.

Something is keeping the starter from cranking and I can't figure it out. I've put so much time and effort into it, I'd hate to take it in. But I'm looking for some help.

I've thought about swapping the starters/solenoid with the other mower but That will be much more a pain than swapping batteries and the other switches.

Any help or other suggestions would be great guys!

These things like i said have been rock solid and i got a sweet deal on them .
 

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Can you turn the engine over by hand by rotating the crankshaft pulley?

It sure sounds like a battery problem - or battery cable issue. Did you remove the battery cables and clean the battery posts and cable ends? Did you try swapping the battery from the good one to the one that won't crank?

If you have a set of jumper cables you can touch the battery positive directly to the starter (+) post and it should spin.

How about the ignition switch?
 

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Can you turn the engine over by hand by rotating the crankshaft pulley?

It sure sounds like a battery problem - or battery cable issue. Did you remove the battery cables and clean the battery posts and cable ends? Did you try swapping the battery from the good one to the one that won't crank?

If you have a set of jumper cables you can touch the battery positive directly to the starter (+) post and it should spin.

How about the ignition switch?
I haven't tried to turn the engine over by hand.

I removed the cables, cleaned battery posts, swapped batteries. When i turn the key the cluster lights up and does its check no issue. just when i turn it to start nothing. So there is power to the unit.

a buddy suggested a short in a harness somewhere and to do some continuity work.
 

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I haven't tried to turn the engine over by hand.

I removed the cables, cleaned battery posts, swapped batteries. When i turn the key the cluster lights up and does its check no issue. just when i turn it to start nothing. So there is power to the unit.

a buddy suggested a short in a harness somewhere and to do some continuity work.
Maybe a problem with the brake switch? Or I could be all washed up with a newer model? PTO is off? I'm grasping for anything to help. My wife would say you got water in the radiator..:lol: Sorry I had to do it..:hide:
 

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Maybe a problem with the brake switch? Or I could be all washed up with a newer model? PTO is off? I'm grasping for anything to help. My wife would say you got water in the radiator..:lol: Sorry I had to do it..:hide:
yeah i completely bypassed the brake switch. Yeah PTO is off. But i get it. I trailered my craftsman 10 years ago to the repair shop because it wouldn't turn over. The guy got up on the trailer...pulled the pto lever, fired it right up while staring at me the entire time. never once looked at the tractor.
 

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Have you tried swapping starters? Sounds like the starter isn’t engaging to turn the motor and with 2000 hours who knows how many times it’s been started.

Try tapping the starter with a hammer while some is trying to start it.


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Have you tried swapping starters? Sounds like the starter isn’t engaging to turn the motor and with 2000 hours who knows how many times it’s been started.

Try tapping the starter with a hammer while some is trying to start it.


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Yeah, i swapped the starters. Nothing. So what i did was put a 12v tester onto everything that should betting 12v. what i found was that when i turned the ignition on the GOOD mower, the primary power (small red/white wire going to solenoid) from the ignition would light up on my tester. When i did the same thing to the older mower, nothing. So when i have some more time i'm going to start there and see where that leads me.
 

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update. this has sat as i've not had time to deal with it.

last week, i was like, its sat there a while, what if it magically starts. I try and start it and for the first time ever the relay whines a bit at me. i'm thinking hmm. voltage. so i clean the battery cable again and give it a way better scrub screw it on and IT STARTS! i turn it off. start it again, easy peasy. my wife comes home a few minutes later and i start it again to show her. i run it around a bit. park it. an hour later i start it up and drive down the gravel road to my brothers to show him. we talk a bit and i go to start it....nothing again.

So now i'm like this has to mean there is a short somewhere or something. i've basically swapped every imaginable part on this thing with the same part on the other tractor.....again. bought new battery cables.

does anyone have the wiring diagram for a x540? a 2008?

I'm gonna tinker a bit more but then take it to the dealer probably next week if i can't make any more progress.

Thanks.
 

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Take the positive cable and peel back the casing a bit to see if it's corroded. I had a cable that did that to me,when I removed the end to clean the post it flexed the cable enough that it started a few times then back to nothing.
 
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