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  1. Hello everyone, Sorry to make an account and post for help right away, but I plan on sticking around for a while. Anyway, I'm having a hard time getting my 312-8 tractor to start. It's got a Kohler Magnum 12 engine and the ID under the seat is 2112K806 (space) 37223. A few weeks ago it decided it didn't want to start; when the key was turned to the run position, the seat switch light was dim or flickering very faintly. I assumed the switch was dead, as it didn't have a distinct "click" when it was pressed any more and the tractor is approaching about 30 years of age. I just got a replacement seat switch from Toro and installed it, but the tractor still refuses to start. The first few times, the seat switch appeared to be working correctly but the tractor insisted the clutch wasn't pushed in, according to the dash lights. I came back a few minutes later and the tractor still refuses to start, although now the seat switch light is behaving as it did before. If I leave the key in the run position and get off the seat, the light works correctly and lights up brightly and solidly, but sitting back down causes it to pulse and light dimly again. I've tried engaging and disengaging the PTO clutch, which the dash reports correctly, as well as the regular clutch, which also seems to respond correctly now. I'm hoping you fine folks might be able to help me, as the tractor is going to get sold if I don't get it running and it's quite important to me. Any and all help is greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance for your help!
  2. wrightorchid

    312-8 won't start

    I finally had some time to work on the tractor. The latest fix was to replace the ignition switch. The old one was very fried on the red wire connection, and the only way I could start it was jumping with a screwdriver across the posts. I bought a replacement switch, and a pigtail, along with some marine crimp connectors. The leads from the tractor were very short, but was able to make all of the connections. I put it all back together, and now no start. When I turn to run, the lights can be turned on and volt meter activates. There is nothing lighting on the indicator board, even if I do the test button. This used to work. I have plenty of oil in the engine. When I turn it to start, the voltage drops to zero, and the lights go off. No sound at all. I tried to jump but it just turns over. There have been some switches bypassed by a previous owner. I need to get back to mowing and moving stuff. If I could replace the entire wiring harness that would be great, but I am sure it is not an easy task. Thanks for your help. Mike
  3. scott76

    314-8, No Spark

    Hi All - I've got an 314-8 that intermittently loses spark. I've been battling it all summer. One day I will go out and it will start. The next day it won't. I've replaced the ignition switch and that didn't do it. I've cleaned all of the plugs for the all of the safety switches and that didn't help. I'm not sure this is indicative of proper function, but all of the safety switch warning lights seem to be working to indicate when a switch is not in the correct position for the machine to operate. I've bypassed the seat safety switch, but all the other switches are intact. The one thing I've noticed is that when the key is in the "accessory" position, there is a "clicking" noise that happens every five seconds or so. It sounds like sort of an electronic click, but I can't identify where it's coming from. I can't seem to tie that noise to a specific event. AND, I don't recall if it was happening the last time the tractor had spark and started. I've got to assume that this is some sort of simple electrical issue, but I can't figure it out. I figured I'd put it out on this forum before bringing it to a repair shop and paying a ton to have it fixed. Thanks for any help!
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