Deere x304 stopped running, will not catch
Like a wide receiver on strike, it just stopped working.
As others have described I thought I ran out of gas, and then happened a 2nd time as I was about finished with 1st pass of yard.
At the end of last season I used the mower to mulch up leaves after sweeping up mowed yard, which created a huge amount of dust which coated the engine, which I thought may have something to do with it.
1st suspicion, out of gas, but I had just refilled it (gas is not old, been using tractor all winter for snow blowing).
2nd suspicion, choking air filter, took the air hose to both filter and prefilter, I have seen FAR worse.
3rd suspicion, low oil??? not overly low but at low mark on dipstick, and that is looking sludgy, well it is just over 100 hours and due for service top with a few ounces and try.
4th suspicion, clogged fuel filter, again tractor is due for 100 hours service.
Off to the parts store, get the pieces replace and change all....
Observations during replacing filters:
1) fuel pump has a breather(?) on its face, which was caked w dust, seafoamed it clean.
2) tested for spark, its there looks strong
3) gas line seemed bone dry
4) sprayed some seafoam down air intake and hit ignition, engine didnt sputter.
With all replaced, tractor still turns over but will not catch.
There seems to be a small amount of gas getting into the gas filter (watching while trying to crank engine with cowl open) but I get the impression the gas line should be filled.
Any insights would be really appreciated, otherwise I am taking it in for service (we did buy JD 3 yr extended warranty) and out of commission for unknown period of time