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JD 316. Was plowing first storm and hit a rock embedded in the driveway so hard it stalled the engine. It started right up again but the alternator light is on and cannot move shifter off neutral switch without stalling the engine. Any suggestions where to start looking? Thanks Dana
 

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JD 316. Was plowing first storm and hit a rock embedded in the driveway so hard it stalled the engine. It started right up again but the alternator light is on and cannot move shifter off neutral switch without stalling the engine. Any suggestions where to start looking? Thanks Dana
Not knowing the diagram on this unit but it sounds like you have a seat switch malfunction. Either the wire is grounding or open depending on how your system uses the switch.
 

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Youve likely dislodged a connector somewhere or pinched a wire.

With the battery light on, its not charging.
Check your voltage regulator connector, and the battery itself and its connections. Batteries have lead plates that just rest in slots in the bottom of the case. If any of these were damaged, it could also be the reason your light is on, as the tractor isnt seeing the voltage it likes to see while running.
The neutral issue is a safety switch issue.
Depending on year, there are several different safety switches that will need to be checked.

On the off chance thats not it, make sure your PTO switch didnt get bumped, and its not a combo of that and the seat switch acting up.

Also, it might help to know the year.
 

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Youve likely dislodged a connector somewhere or pinched a wire.

With the battery light on, its not charging.
Check your voltage regulator connector, and the battery itself and its connections. Batteries have lead plates that just rest in slots in the bottom of the case. If any of these were damaged, it could also be the reason your light is on, as the tractor isnt seeing the voltage it likes to see while running.
The neutral issue is a safety switch issue.
Depending on year, there are several different safety switches that will need to be checked.

On the off chance thats not it, make sure your PTO switch didnt get bumped, and its not a combo of that and the seat switch acting up.

Also, it might help to know the year.
Thanks, ill check all the wires from the regulator. It is strange the safety switch would act up at the same time as I haven't had any problem with that. I also noted that the engine would die if I tried to switch on the PTO, but maybe that's because there wasn't enough voltage.
I'd have to look up the year, cant remember off hand.
 

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You may have a failed seat switch or associated wiring. When this is not working as it should, the tractor is dependent on the starting interlocks to keep the engine running, and the operating modes are inhibited.

Before you do anything else, check the 2 or 3 amp fuse -- same circuit location at F2, but value changes in early versus late production years. If this fuse is blown, the symptoms are the same as having a bad seat switch or wiring, and may give a false no charge indication as well.

We are presuming here that the 316 you have is the later model with the Onan twin made in the mid 1980's to early 1990's. There was an earlier 1970's tractor also called the 316 with a single cylinder Kohler engine. To be clear, it is best to designate these two variants as the 316-K and the 316-O when discussing each. The wiring for the two variants is very different. Below is the safety wiring for the 316-O tractor that shows why the engine will not run if the PTO is on or the tractor ground speed lever i s moved from Neutral (and later years also factor in the parking brake switch...)

The two wiring excerpts shown are needed to show the ignition interlocks provided by the TDCM, the first for the seat switch and the second for the parked/no operator present interlocks for starting the tractor. A full schematic shows all the nuances of course but is confusingly complex.

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318 Starting circuit.JPG

Notice in the first excerpt where the note on the starter switch terminal X1 shows a purple #710 wire connecting to the brake switch (shown in the second excerpt...) This is how the TDCM knows if the seat is occupied OR if the safety circuit loop or Neutral/Brake set/PTO off is satisfied... at least one of these conditions must be true for the engine to run.

Ask if this discussion generates additional questions.

Chuck
 

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You may have a failed seat switch or associated wiring. When this is not working as it should, the tractor is dependent on the starting interlocks to keep the engine running, and the operating modes are inhibited.

Before you do anything else, check the 2 or 3 amp fuse -- same circuit location at F2, but value changes in early versus late production years. If this fuse is blown, the symptoms are the same as having a bad seat switch or wiring, and may give a false no charge indication as well.

We are presuming here that the 316 you have is the later model with the Onan twin made in the mid 1980's to early 1990's. There was an earlier 1970's tractor also called the 316 with a single cylinder Kohler engine. To be clear, it is best to designate these two variants as the 316-K and the 316-O when discussing each. The wiring for the two variants is very different. Below is the safety wiring for the 316-O tractor that shows why the engine will not run if the PTO is on or the tractor ground speed lever i s moved from Neutral (and later years also factor in the parking brake switch...)

The two wiring excerpts shown are needed to show the ignition interlocks provided by the TDCM, the first for the seat switch and the second for the parked/no operator present interlocks for starting the tractor. A full schematic shows all the nuances of course but is confusingly complex.

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Notice in the first excerpt where the note on the starter switch terminal X1 shows a purple #710 wire connecting to the brake switch (shown in the second excerpt...) This is how the TEDM knows if the seat is occupied OR if the safety circuit loop or Neutral/Brake set/PTO off is satisfied... at least one of these conditions must be true for the engine to run.

Ask if this discussion generates additional questions.

Chuck
Thanks very much. When I get back to it I look at all this. Appreciate the schematics. Yes, it is the 316-K, newer model with twin cyl.
 

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Check different ground grounds,wire could've broken off on a circuit.
 

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Thanks Chuckv for the schematics. I wont be able to get to looking at my tractor till tomorrow but now I think I know exactly what happened.
The stop was so abrupt and powerful I was thrown forward and the seat came up with me. Im willing to bet it got disconnected below. Would totally make sense.
I'll verify tomorrow when I get back to it.
Thanks much
 
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