This is a ~2013 Troy Bilt Horse tractor.
I need some advice on how to troubleshoot my mower starting. It cut out right when I was mowing, and had cut out intermittently for a few days before that. It would never actually stall, just start to kind of like I had raised up the seat and grounded the dead-man switch.
Now, I have done the following:
- Checked the gas and the fuel line past the filter, and there's gas flowing.
Verified the mower turns over, and verified 2 of the safety switches:
1 If the brake is on, it turns over. If the brake is off, it does not. I take this to mean the brake safety switch is working
2 If the PTO is dis-engaged, it turns over. If it is engaged, it does not. I take this to mean the PTO switch is functioning
3 Verified that the seat switch is hooked up, and it appears to work mechanically. I'm not sure that this is not the problem - maybe a short in the wire?
Mower turns over OK, it just won't start now. The first maybe 5 times I tried it sounded like it was going to start then died. Now it just turns over with no change to the noise or cadence of the motor.
What should I do to test the shorted wire? I have removed the mower cover and can see some of the wiring harness. I also have the spark plug and magneto accessible.
Any suggestions as to what to do? I can't inspect the seat switch wire 100% because it goes through the body of the mower. What's likely the problem?