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I have a 1996 Wheel Horse 314-8 that has a Kohler motor on it. My issue is starting it. It does nothing for several tries at turning the key but finally starts. Seems to be getting worse. Makes no noise during tries to start; nothing till it finally kicks over. I've looked all over this thing to see if it is brake/safety switch related but find nothing. Help?

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With any electrical problem the first step in curing it is to clean and tighten ALL electrical connections including grounds, this will clear up about ninety percent of them. 

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Thanks again to this forum. I will follow the diagram and chase these down and clean them as a start. 

Another question; is the ignition somehow connected to the brake or clutch on this tractor that won't allow it to start unless brake or clutch is depressed?

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There is a clutch interlock switch that requires you to push down on the clutch peddle to crank it over.

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They went safety first on the newer tractors. My 2000 314-8 has a seat,clutch pto,and shift safety switch.

If any one of the safety switchs are not made it will not start. You can bypass the safety switchs one at a time to see if one is bad.

Possible problems  key switch ,pto switch,or starter.  I don't know if the 96 has a seat switch but there known to cause problems. 

I would also check all wire connections

 

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