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  1. #11
    Bronze Member HeavyHitch's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Fountain City, WI
    '12 JD1026R, '87 JD 318, '42 Ford 2N, '52 Ford 661 Workmaster

    Default Re: john deere 318 starter replacement

    I have a 318 and had the same issue you did and all I had to do was replace a faulty solinoid. Was the starter making any funny noises before when it was working or did it just stop altogether? I don't think your starter is bad.

  2. #12
    Gold Member
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    Dec 2004
    Davidsonville, Maryland
    John Deere 4400, '48 B and 318

    Default Re: john deere 318 starter replacement

    Yes, I meant the bolts from the flywheel to the drive shaft. The black stuff where the feet go? I took it to linex and for 25 dollars or something they put linex where the foot pads go. The original design had the pads, but the sides of your feet still rubbed the edges and the paint wore off. Yea, I'm anal....



  3. #13
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    May 2009

    Default Re: john deere 318 starter replacement

    Proper jump starting method:

    1. Attach the positive (red) on the the starter lead bolt. This is the bolt where the red starter cable is attached to. See photo.

    2. Attach other end of read cable to the positive battery post on the vehicle.

    3. Attach one end of black cable to either the negative battery post or a good frame or engine block contact (preferably somewhere with no paint).

    4. Lightly touch the 2nd end of the black cable to the vehicle engine, frame, or negative battery post. If it sparks a lot, something was attached wrong.

    It may be worth your time to take it to someone who knows how to do it. And possibly the best to have someone do the work if you are not familiar with these terms.

    for fits and giggles, here is a link that shows you how to jump start a vehicle which is slightly different but still similar.
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  4. #14
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    Oct 2009

    Default Re: john deere 318 starter replacement

    Don't sweat lifting the motor. I did it and this was my first ever experiance with kind of thing. I think I paid around $175 for a rebuilt starter?? I really don't remember but it wasn't cheap. I can't give step by step details ..just encouragement...jump on in there and get 'r' done!!

  5. #15
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    May 2012
    Colorado City, Colorado
    JD 318

    Default Re: john deere 318 starter replacement

    for those yet to come with questions like I had about 318 starter replacement - FINALLY, some step by step replacement instructions -

    My steps taken to replace a starter in 1983 JD 318 with an Onan B43G Engine & Bendix starter

    THERE IS AN IMPLIED "REMOVE" before each sentence

    1. battery posts (negative then positive) then loosen neg cable from engine and draw negative cable thru firewall as you will be tilting the engine later

    2. battery and battery tray(4x bolts -2x right and 2x left) this is done to access / disconnect 4x bolts holding the drive shaft to the flywheel assembly

    3. mower deck, front grill, and the front pulley block assembly

    4. 4x bolts(2 left, 2x right) on vertical/upright posts that attach to hidden frame dog ears / this upright is used as support for front of hood. Note - not the 4x bolts above muffler used to attach the hood to the upright. Now disconnect wire block for head lights.

    5. Grasp and lift the u-shaped structure while holding onto the hood too, then tilt slightly forward as you are lifting and it will slide off the 8" frame ears holding the structure in place

    6. turn off fuel valve and then at the fuel pump(on right side of motor near fire wall), remove the fuel line and route it back through the fire wall

    7. choke and throttle cables (also pull these back thru the firewall) for less inhibited access to the driveshaft union

    8. 4x bolts on drive shaft where it attaches to flywheel mount point. Large screwdriver helpful to hold shaft or put it in gear and set brake. Note there's a line on the flywheel mount point -it aligns with one of the screw positions. Use this indicator later to start your first bolt when reinstalling the shaft

    9. left / driver side engine cover (it's the one encompassing the spark plug). I found zero need to remove any other covers incl. the flywheel enclosure

    10. nut on front of starter + the positive battery cable lead

    11. 4x engine mount bolts - the two up front require a wrench for the topside and socket + extension for the underside the two rear are removed from the bottom side and require you to remove the screen on the bottom of the frame - remove the screws with a very very small socket or standard screwdriver(totals of approx 10x screws)

    12. Finally, carefully tilt the engine from the left side towards the right side to a stable resting point. While holding the motor, remove, with a wrench, the two bolts attaching the starter to the engine

    13. install the new or rebuilt starter and reverse the instructions (last step to first) and you'll be up and running!

    useful tools - standard screwdriver, sockets: 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16 swivel head attachment socket, + open/box wrenches: 7/16, 1/2, 9/16

    local dealer wanted $600 for their new starter, 3rd party was $119

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