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jd lx277 won't crank

jim hampton I have a john deere lx-277, with hydrostatic transmission and 42" mulcher deck, that was running fine, mowing fine. It made a clunking noise and stopped mid-mow as it bounced over a small bump. No big deal; sometimes that happens as it coughs up a big wad of wet, mulched grass. But now it will not crank. There is a faint whine, and the panel lights dim - but no starter action at all. Is there some sort of safety interlock/neutral switch that might have stuck ?
ponymare If the dash lights dim, and there is a noise, it sounds like something is trying to work, can you turn the engine by hand?
Kurt Sounds to me like the faint whine could be the starter armature spinning but not engaging the starter drive into the flywheel teeth. The drive is a 'throwout' style I believe, so if it is dry on the engagement splines... It is something to check.

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