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Frozen seat,,,,,no run,,,?????

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Well heres a new has been very cold here in middle TN 16's at night went to use the 2305 to bring up more firewood, the tractor had been parked near where the wood is stored so I started it up while standing on the ground not in the seat,,,,,loaded up the wood, sat down in the seat and it felt funny...seemed very hard like maybe it was and because it was frozen the seat would not compress enough to activate the seat switch so ever time I put it in gear it would shut off.....bypassed the seat switch (did not want too do this) long enough to get the wood to the house then parked the tractor in the sun to thewe out says to park it in the sun with the seat down.....I say Replace it for me now......
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My 650/750 manual says to tilt the seat up during storage. Any significant amount of water would drain out rather than puddle and freeze. In any event with most newer JD's with the switch under the seat, having it freeze shouldn't affect the switch. If anything a heavy frozen seat should activate the switch more so the than lighter seat. Older JD's/Yanmar's had them in the seat which was a horrible design and that would be a huge issue.

Cold seats are a pain no doubt. I think of that every time I park my butt on the frozen metal pan seat on one of my 8n. But that's what happens in Winter. I guess up here in the North we don't think about it much.

My 8n's were built in an era where leaving a tractor out in the elements was just what you did. Even so there are times when it behaves badly after a rain. All of my JD's either get covered or are stored indoors. No matter how it was designed, you can't beat mother nature. Either you need a tractor cover or a tarp. A $10 Harbor Freight tarp and a package of bungees will keep it running better and longer. Weather is a killer for any equipment.

A can of electrical contact cleaner/lube should help clear out any residual water and help it from getting corroded. CRC556 or WD40 would work too.
its the inside foam that has water in it and the water frozen not allowing the seat to compress activating the switch
It's not the seat pan that activates the switch? On my newer JD's that's how it functions.
Aside from the original problem, I see another emerging. We have 1 manufacturer with what seems like too many different ways to do the same thing. Why not find 1 good way to do the job and stick with it throughout the product line?
I was browsimg my 650 manual today looking for some info and happened across something very interesting.

Under Service there is a section entitled "Storage". It says that if you must store your tractor outside that it should be covered with a waterproof material.

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