john deere with 17 hp kawasaki no spark

jdispMarch 7, 2010

A guy brought me a john deere gt275. He says had no spark he replaced the coil and carb solenoid. Still would not start. I removed shroud and disconnected kill wire and still no spark. Is it possble he got a bad coil?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Does your model have an external igniter? If so, you still need the wire to head to the coil and you would need to unhook the kill wire and or oil pressure switch wire further down the line. Last summer I had to replace a coil on one of these and there was a bulletin or something special anyways with the coil. You may want to verify the right coil was purchased. These very seldom fail in my world though.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 10:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

thanks for the response tomplum, i don't think it has an igniter, but it does have an oil switch. would the igniter be mounted on the shroud? if so, no, only thing there is fuel pump

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 11:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The parts diagram shows the simple igniter like the singles have, but I've never replaced one. I don't know what percentage of them have them or not. IE an FC420 most had external igniters, some did not. In fact, the coil I put on last year was replaced because the old one was damaged (basket case) The parts listing shows 2 different coils too.
Here is a link for the service manual that may help.

Here is a link that might be useful: deere parts

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 11:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I think they had ignitors through the 1997 model year...not sure exactly. But if you had a " separate ignitor" igniton and you put an "integral ignitor" coil on there it won't work. Flywheels are different.

Given that you've unplugged the kill wire and still nothing, it almost has to be the coil...or the wrong coil (my bet).

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 12:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

hey guys, thanks for the input. just to let you know, i found a kawasaki cadaver and swapped coils and it started right up. must have got a bad coil off the shelf. i'll go tomorrow and get the new one

    Bookmark   March 10, 2010 at 9:25PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
transmission clean and do not overwork
I have a Dumb question about that phrase. Exactly what...
Everybody getting enough seat time with the snow?
I know I am, way too much and compared to New England,...
Looking at a John Deere X300 to purchase
I sold my Power Kraft (finally) after a persistent...
Do "Drift Cutters" work?
Chatting with a buddy in Connecticut, he had about...
Tractor starter-wrong rotation.
As I have been known locally as a lawn tractor fixer,...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™