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I have recently aquired a John Deere 318 Lawn Tractor,
if anybody has any information on these. I could use your help... it is in pretty rough condition now, but I hope to totally restore as time and money permits. I finally got it running and replaced the PTO, but when I replaced the wire harness things went wrong, it will start but the starter continues and when I try to take it out of safety and go forward it dies... any advice would be great...
 

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The starter continuing sounds like the solenoid is sticking closed. When moving off neutral there is a safety switch there so that if there is no one in the seat it will stop the engine. If you are in the seat my guess is that your seat safety switch isn't working! If you have a meter you can check it for continuity (ohms check) and putting weight on the seat should open and close the circuit!
 

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Welcome to the forum!

There's no shortage of 318 experts here. Or at least guys who have been there done that.

Let's start with your serial number so we know exactly what you have, and a couple of pictures.
 
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