How to Troubleshoot a John Deere Starter

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Things You'll Need

  • Battery meter

  • Screwdriver

Tip

Replace the starter or have the tractor checked by a qualified repair technician if these troubleshooting steps don't do the trick.

John Deere can make big lawn jobs easy.

A John Deere tractor can provide you with years of useful service, making common yard chores easier and wasting less time. John Deere has developed quite a name over the years as being a maker of reliable yard and farm equipment. That doesn't mean there aren't problems from time to time. One common problem that you may encounter deals with the starter, but checking it is a simple procedure that can determine whether your starter is bad or not.

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Step 1

Check the battery. You want to check this before you check the starter because the battery supplies power to the starter and, if the battery is dead, the starter won't respond. Check the connections and look for corrosion. If unsure, you can use a battery meter to check the power output.

Step 2

Check the wiring connections on the starter and the starter relay. You're looking for loose connections in either spot. Tighten any connections as needed. To find the starter, you need to look on the top back of the engine.

Step 3

Check the fuse. If the battery is supplying juice and your connections are solid with the starter and starter relay, you may have a blown fuse. The fuse panel is located right under the hood of the tractor. If the fuse has a break in the internal connection, you'll need to replace it.

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