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    Default 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Yesterday my 5225 stopped moving forward while I was mowing my lawn. I could get it to move a few feet in both directions for about a minute before it would stop. Then I'd change direction, it would move a few feet again, then it stopped moving completely. When I put the shifter lever into Neutral, the "N" (neutral) light on the display panel had gone out. The engine runs fine.
    Has anybody had this experience and/or have tips for troubleshooting this?


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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    First check your trans oil level.
    Since the neutral light is not functioning correctly I suspect the F-N-R linkage might be out of adjustment.
    Is your clucth pedal working OK, NOT sticking down?
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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    The trans oil level is OK, and the clutch pedal is working OK – it is not sticking down. And this is becoming more interesting. Last night I started the engine so I could check the instrument display. I found that several things no longer work:
    Tachometer: no reading; the MFWD light does not come on when the switch is moved to ON; and both the fuel gauge and the temperature gauge do not work. I let engine idle for about 10 minutes and the temp needle never moved (air temp was 39 degrees F). All of those lights and gauges worked before the power reverser quit working. The headlights, tail lights, and dashboard light still work.
    So this is looking like an electrical problem. What would cause those lights/gauges to stop working? Could it be the alternator? Or is it something else?


    Creekpaddler in Totty Hollow

    2006 JD 5225 with 542 loader & (6) 3-pt attachments
    1993 JD LX188 with 48" deck & small trailer
    1995 Ford F150 5.8L Eddie Bauer 4X4 Supercab
    18' double-axle trailer
    Stihl MS 310 chain saw
    Stihl FS 110 trimmer/cutter/pole saw
    Stihl BG 56 blower
    Ariens 27-ton gas log splitter

    "If you need a machine but don't buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it."- Henry Ford

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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Quote Originally Posted by Creekpaddler View Post
    So this is looking like an electrical problem. What would cause those lights/gauges to stop working? Could it be the alternator? Or is it something else?
    Check battery voltage with tractor off.
    Check system voltage with engine running.
    Check all fuses.

    Could be a hundred other things but start there.
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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Does sound electrical now. Never thought to ask if your reverser is mechanical linkage or electrical, oops! As said check fuses, connections, broken wires that might have been pulled off by sticks etc, or mice chewed wiring. Good luck.
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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    You mow your lawn with a 5225?
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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Battery voltage is 12.6 V. System voltage is 14.6 V. Tomorrow I look at fuses and wiring harnesses.
    Can anybody give me a link to the wiring diagrams for the JD 5225 straddle mount? Those would come in handy tomorrow.


    Creekpaddler in Totty Hollow

    2006 JD 5225 with 542 loader & (6) 3-pt attachments
    1993 JD LX188 with 48" deck & small trailer
    1995 Ford F150 5.8L Eddie Bauer 4X4 Supercab
    18' double-axle trailer
    Stihl MS 310 chain saw
    Stihl FS 110 trimmer/cutter/pole saw
    Stihl BG 56 blower
    Ariens 27-ton gas log splitter

    "If you need a machine but don't buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it."- Henry Ford

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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Yes, I use a 3-PT-mounted 6-foot Sitrex-180 finish mower to do about 5 acres. Then I use a 6-foot bush hog to knock down about 25 acres of grass.


    Creekpaddler in Totty Hollow

    2006 JD 5225 with 542 loader & (6) 3-pt attachments
    1993 JD LX188 with 48" deck & small trailer
    1995 Ford F150 5.8L Eddie Bauer 4X4 Supercab
    18' double-axle trailer
    Stihl MS 310 chain saw
    Stihl FS 110 trimmer/cutter/pole saw
    Stihl BG 56 blower
    Ariens 27-ton gas log splitter

    "If you need a machine but don't buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it."- Henry Ford

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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Quote Originally Posted by Creekpaddler View Post
    Yes, I use a 3-PT-mounted 6-foot Sitrex-180 finish mower to do about 5 acres. Then I use a 6-foot bush hog to knock down about 25 acres of grass.
    That's awesome! Sorry I'm not help for your electric problem.
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    Default Re: 5225 power reverser not working - tractor won't move

    Oh deere. The power reverser has so many components... Since you are having accompaning electrical issues I suspect all the issues have the same root problem. Power reverser has a pair of electronic controlled clutches that select forward- reverse. With the electrical description, I suspect a failed ground connection somewhere. Check all the lower/exposed connectors Use a flshlight and do a lot of wiggeling. If you can, have someone watch the instruments while you wiggle the wires. If you do this while the engine is running, make certain the tractor CAN NOT MOVE.

    Good luck/
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