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Does Deck Need To Be Down To Start 180

JAYELL my neighbor has a john deere 180 that has not been started for over 5 years. I can't even get the engine to turn over.

It has oil, a good battery and will not even turn over. All I can get is lights, and a loud CLICK when I turn the starter switch.

The starting instructions indicate that maybe the Deck needs to be lowered in order to start it.

Problem is, the deck mechanism is not working. I think it has just come loose, or is broken.

Question is: DOES THE DECK NEED TO BE LOWERED IN ORDER TO GET THE ENGINE TO TURN OVER?

THANKS FOR ANY HELP

bontai Joe Not started in 5 years? And the battery is still good, or you have replaced it? I wouldn't think the deck's position has much to do with starting. The first thing I would do would be to remove the spark plug (removes compression for this test)and try turning the engine over by hand. If you can rotate the motor, then it's not seized. Next, I'd take a real good look at the wiring from the postive baterry terminal to the starter solenoid, then to the starter itself for mice damage, loose connections, bare wires grounding out. The loud click you hear is probably the starter solenoid energizing like it's supposed to, gotta figure out why it's not passing the current along to the starter itself. The 2 best tools you will need are a good bright light and a multimeter to test circuits.


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