Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Small engine/Electrical


QUESTION: I have a John Deere LX176 and I am not getting any eletrical flow when I turn the ignition key. It was staring fine as we were using it Saturday with many starts then it went dead. I tried to jump it to no succese. As it was hooked up to the cables the battery indicator would dimly light up and go out. I trickle charged the battery for 24 hrs and it started. I cut it off to refuel and once again no electrical flow. I replaced the battery and still no electrical flow. I have removed the ignition switch and cleaned all contacts and still nothing. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: What engine is on the mower?  Briggs, Kohler, Kawasaki, Honda?

The link below is a good source of information on checking charging systems.

Take a look at the link.  Also, do you have a multimeter to do some tests?

Send me the engine info as well so I can see what you have.


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QUESTION: 14 hp Kawasaki and  I do have a multimeter.

Is th eneigne model FC420V?

If so, Google "FC420V pdf"

Look for, then‎

The manual is there and the regulator check starts on page 35.  Check the regulator as well as unregulated output.

Let me know what you find.

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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.

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