I have an 8 year old LX188.
I've had zero problems with it until now. At first it took about 45
minutes of mowing for it to begin stalling/cutting out. I could restart
it but it would just keep stalling after that.
Now it only takes 5-10 minutes for it to begin stalling. When it
stalls, it just immediately stalls. It sort of loses power right before
so I can kind of tell when it's going to happen. I'll restart and go
forward 10 feet and it will stall again. It happens with the mower
engaged. With the mower disengaged I drove around my yard quite a bit
before it stalled again. So with the mower on, it happens MUCH more
So before I send it off to a John Deere service center I thought I'd
try to tackle this myself. I'm not that good with knowing an engine
inside and out but I certainly could change a part if needed. A guy I
talked to (who owns his own lawmower repair shop, but can't get parts
for John Deere) said it sounds like the spark plug coil.
So here are my questions:
1. With this model there are two spark plugs so I'm assuming there are
two coils? How do I know which one might be bad, do I just change both?
2. I thought the coil was just one part that I could buy and reinstall.
I looked up this part on the John Deere web site and came upon a page
that shows an exploded view (about 20 separate parts) of the ignition
coil. You can buy each individual part if you want but here is where I
became completely confused, if you can't just buy the ignition coil as
one piece how the heck would I know which one of those 20 parts to buy?
3. Does this even sound like it's the coil that's the problem?
Thanks for any help.