john deere stx38 pto intermittent
Recently bought a JD STX38 yellow deck. First mowing was beautiful until the end when the PTO suddenly cut out. I flipped the PTO switch off and on several times and nothing happened.
When I vary the throttle it will sometimes engage, usually above half throttle. When I move the throttle afterwards it sometimes stays engaged and sometimes does not. However it will always disengage after a few feet of cutting grass.
With the engine off and the in the "on" position I turned on the PTO and did hear a click.
There is a black and yellow wire two pronged male connector not connected to anything near the starter. I cannot find an uncoupled female connector for it.
What I have done:
- Checked the belts. They are tight and on track
- Cleared excess clippings from the deck, blades, and engine
- Searched this and other sites for similar cases. Found none that match
It did not come with any manuals. I would appreciate any sent to me.
I am new to riding mowers but have moderate experience tinkering with push mowers.