Mower will not start 1996 265-H

1996 Toro Wheel Horse 265-H.

Mower started fine. Pulled it off the pavement onto the thick grass. Lifted up the PTO to start the blades and the mower just cut off.

I tried to start it again, I pushed the PTO back in, made sure the brake was on, turned the key off, pulled it out, put it back in, while sitting on the seat, and never got off of the seat at any time during this.

I tried to start it. I got nothing. Mower will not start at all. No clicks, ticks, nothing as if I am not even turning the key. Lights will not come on when the key is turned and did prior.

This happened once before, think it was a fuse or switch but do not know what to check, and cost me a lot to have someone else fix it. I would like to fix this myself.

I keep the mower on a battery tender Jr. all the time and the battery was fully charged.

Any help or suggestions?

Peace, Mo

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Here is a diagram for the starter motor circuit part of the circuit. The fuse number (number not marked on the circuit) is F4 (30A main supply fuse from battery) The lights are fed thru F4 and F2 (10A fuse specifically for the lights only)

Given that the lights do not work, nor that the motor turns over and since you say that the battery is OK, the problem is either a loose battery cable connection, F4 has blown, a loose ignition switch connection or a faulty ignition switch.

With the ignition switch in the start position, power is fed from the battery, thru F4, thru ignition switch contacts B to S to operate the switching relay. When the switching relay operates there is a circuit for the solenoid to operate via ignition switch contacts B to I, and all the switches PTO, Neutral, Brake and Seat. When the solenoid operates the starter motor receives power (not fused) directly from the battery to start turning over.

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Here is a link to the wiring diagrams. Scroll down to p.6-16 to see all diagrams for your model.

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You are spot on. The battery cable was loose. However it cut off one more time and the lights were on this time. It ended up being the seat safety. I bypassed it temporarily with a paper clip to see if it would start and started right up. All I need to do is replace the safety switch and I should be good to go.

Thanks so much for your time and help.

Peace, Reese/Mo


Hi Reese/Mo, Glad you got it sorted OK. I suggest that if you haven't already done so, that you copy ALL the relevant electrical circuits for your particular mower from the link in the answer above, so that you have them available for future reference if need be. It is not unknown that links get 'broken' or that online information is no longer available. Besides which, based on Murphy's Law, if you have the information you will probably never have cause to use it!


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