While mowing the lawn today the tractor came to an abrupt halt... seems as though I should have filled up the gas tank. No big deal. I simply lugged the gas can out to the tractor, which was naturally at the furthest point from the garage, filled it up and thought I was back on track to a tidy lawn. Problem solved... or not.
I turned the key to start 'er up.... and got nothing. Not being overly mechanically inclined, I thought the best course of action
was to say screw it and go get a beer was to leave it sitting on the lawn, perhaps to cool off.
After 30 minutes, I returned to try my luck and still not a single sign of life as I turned the key. So I resolved the issue the only way I knew how; left the tractor there and took the kids out on a horseback ride.
Joe came home at 9pm and I told him that something had happened to the tractor and it was regretfully DOA. I went on to tell him I had tried everything but couldn't seem to remedy the situation. So he went outside and moments later I hear the tractor start up, alive and well. What the?!
Joe smirked as he passed by me. Bastard.
He was downright giddy by the time he entered the kitchen to disclose what miraculous action he took to save my beloved mower. Seems I forgot to turn off the mower deck before trying to restart the tractor... it of course won't turn over until all attachments are disengaged. *smack forehead*
So he imparted some sage advice: If you can't get something to work, just play with the knobs some more.