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Old 06-02-2011, 07:09 PM   #16
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update: cleaned everything. Its been 2 months, but finally got around to it (other DIY stuff- read my posts......LOL)

Now, just tonight, turned key, clicked every time! I kept turning ket on/off, and every time I hear a CLICK. Finally, agter doing this for 3-4 minutes (a long time), starter turned, and I cut grass. Now, no more playing around- I understand if theres a click, it indicated the starter, right? But when the starter DID engage, it turned very well. vigorously........

I got about 10 days max to fix before grass grows too high again.

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Old 06-03-2011, 07:36 AM   #17
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Sounds like your solenoid is working. That is the clicking noise. That also means your safety switches are also working.

I would get a volt meter and measure the voltage at the starter when you turn the key. If you are getting 12v, then you may need a new starter. If you are getting less, then the cable may be bad.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:03 PM   #18
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Sounds like your solenoid is working. That is the clicking noise. That also means your safety switches are also working.

I would get a volt meter and measure the voltage at the starter when you turn the key. If you are getting 12v, then you may need a new starter. If you are getting less, then the cable may be bad.
BIG thanks, Marty! Sounds like a plan! Now, lemme se, wheres my daughter.....ned her to hold down the clutch AND turn key sos I can measure voltage.....LOL
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:14 PM   #19
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Now, thing is acting just fine!!! Geez, whats going on??

I did spray engine with cleaner, as it was all crudded up, including the starter hot wire. After cleaning/washing/drying, thats when It started just perfectly! Could the crud all over that starter have insulated and prevented the starter from a good voltage ?

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Not normally. Unless cleaning the motor cleaned the connection and allowed some of the wire to make better contact or the gunk was binding the starter somehow. Either way, it's a rare occurrence. I would expect the problem to return at some point.

I rewired my mower a few years ago. I bought a new starter switch, solenoid and 10 ga. wire. Once I finished, it went from sluggish cranking to fast. It's probably something to consider if this keeps up. I think all of the parts cost me around $100 from JD.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #21
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Thanks. I will kepp an eye on it. Hey, at least I know how to jump the starter with a good cable if the switch/solenoid /safety switch fails. For now, I will mow and watch it.

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