Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/deck blades not engaging


QUESTION: i have a scotts L2548 and while cutting my grass my blades stopped running, when i looked under the mower i noticed a wire hanging down in front of the clutch. there is a plug in the front of the clutch and it has two wires in it and still plugged in to the clutch, this wire looks like it could be a ground wire that has pulled out from somewhere, it is a black wire and i cannot find where it would reattach to. my blades will not turn without this wire going somewhere is my guess.

ANSWER: Are there still 2 wires connected to the clutch?  Which side is the wire dis-connected?

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QUESTION: there is a black one on one side and a white/yellow on the other side of the plug for the clutch. the loose wire is also black.

John Deere build your mower.  They are not very open to sharing informaion...aka, no free online wiring diagram.  The link below has some pics of the clutch.

The black wire has to be ground...universal standard for ground.  Can you attach a picture of the loose wire?

The wire must connect to something near the area.  How much slack is in the dis-connected wire?


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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