How To Test A Lawn Mower Solenoid




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Chuck Domingues: great video! I watched it because I'm working on a 2001 Yamaha waverunner Gp1200r and when I try to start it all I'm getting is a loud buzzing noice from my solenoid. I think its going to be my starter, because the last time I used it I flooded the engine for a while before I noticed it. l was lucky I didn't mess up the engine. I own a extra starter and I'm going to try that first.

FranktheTank Peterlin: Hey my lawn mower wont turn iver the siliniod just buzzes any sugestions

Anthony Banks: Thanks John..... Yeah "Phiberoptics" I have a Poulan now that I'm about to check.. When I turn the key it will halfway spin but then stops and refuses to turn over....

Dave: Question... I am diagnosing this problem with my Craftsman GT rider. I am getting no voltage either connected to the small wire or connected to the second solenoid pole. You say that the ignition should be in the "on" position. Do you mean just turned to the "on" position or should the key be turned all the way to the engine "crank" position and hels there? Thank for a great vid.

Kenneth P: I have a Snapper RER RE130 that I've had no-crank issues since I bought it new summer of 2013. Most of time I do not any crank when I turn the key. I have to hold the key in the start position for about 15-20 seconds before it starts to crank. That battery has a full charge, all safety switches appear to be engaged. I sit motionless with the key engaged waiting for a crank. I've even changed the key switch once and the solenoid twice, but get the same scenario every time I use the mower. BTW, the mower is still under the 3 year warranty, but since I don't have a trailer it would cost me $80 for the nearest Snapper service center to pickup/drop off the mower, but now think it's my only solution?

PhiberOptics: Just replaced my first solenoid on a poulan riding lawn mow was really easy saved $200 plus labor to have a guy from sears come down from tampa. What i did was take one wire off at a time and place it where the old one went on the solenoid till you have the old solenoid off. Might be good to take pictures before you mess with it. Special thanks to you guys for making videos helping us do it our self i gotta repost this on another video that helped.

Teresa Spann: No meter, how can I test without; one other had a picture using a screwdriver. I wish I could see that demonstration demonstrated live..

pearson28: Great video. Diagnosed my solenoid, got the new part at Sears and was back in business cutting grass the next day. You rock!

TwinTurbo74: Cheers mate! I really appreciate it You just fixed my mower !

Ricardo Gonzalez: thanks bato that help me a lots, gracias .... have a good life...

Dan Thompson: I have a 3 yr old 60" Country Clipper Jazee Pro with a 24 HP Kohler motor. Mower backfired (I think from running out of gas), filled gas, no spark. Found a blown 30a fuse. Replaced fuse. Now, motor turns over when key is in run position! Solenoid? Any help in figuring this out would be appreciated. Multimeter in hand. Thanks.

Scott Farnsworth: My nephew connected a battery charger to the starter solenoid instead of battery posts!!! ??? and tried to start there were sparks and wouldnt turn over (of course) I checked the battery and it is still good. how do i check to see if the solenoid is still good and change if not, or could it have damaged the starter itself and how would i check and repair that posibilty or any other choices??? Please help the lawn needs mowed ASAP

Mystery Babylon Finally Revealed: Thanks Josh.

James Crow: Sell ah noid ...... quit it !

Ron Smith: Say it with me....sole...lah....noid, sew,la,noid, so-le-noid. :-)

Stuart McDiarmid: Great video Josh - thank you for sharing your knowledge.. +++

James Warner: I thank I gots a bad sillynode. Yeeeaaaap

mcarroll999: Thanks. Tested and replaced solenoid and now up and running.

Rebecca Sinn: I know very little about riding mowers and am trying to fix my own I bought a new solenoid and took a photo of the old one and which wires went where - unfortunately I accidently deleted the photo. If I sent a new photo of the solenoid and connections could you tell me which ones go where?

RyansShit4209: So the solenoid is a little container with the positive wire going to it?

bonepret: Best video yet

flowerm4n: josh an update, it was the foot brake switch! lol. ive adjusted it for now and its working , if i get anymore trouble from it ill replace it. just to let you and watchers know the t1600 has brake switch and seat switch so it was just a matter of elimination . thanks for the videos they were of great help with the ignition test and solenoid tests.

venture790: Thanks dude!!!

metalinmotionshop: The wire coming from your battery will have 12 volts. The other big wire going from your solenoid to your starter with only have 12 volts when you turn and hold the key in the crank position, providing your key switch and solenoid are good. If you do not have 12 volts, I would pull the little wire on the bottom left of the solenoid and test for 12 volts while holding the key in the crank position. If no volts there, it will not engage the solenoid and thus no volts on that other big wire. - Josh

Menoi Andre: great info from a very good guy that has what he needs to repaire theses problems....helped me out alot...thank-you

tetrachtys: Lucid, to the point and very helpful. Thank you very much. I have found all your videos to be constructive and easy to follow. You have very good presentational style. You turn a tricky job into a simple one and that's a real gift for amateurs such as I.

SD Lawson: The solenoids are not marked to indicate which post is which. They are made with multiple mounting configurations. You suggest removing the wire on the "bottom left hand side" on a 4 post solenoid. This requires further explanation. Which position is right side up?? Are you talking left if you are facing the solenoid mounted on the wall of the tractor or if you are standing above the solenoid looking down left and right is different from that position.

Carissasbeautyquest: My training says that if its 11.8 volts or lower its considered a dead battery. Or in your case potentially a bad cell in the battery. I would take is and have it charged and load tested to see if it can be reused. You local auto parts can usually do that.- Josh

roob genne: This was very helpful, thank you.

chouseal: Very helpful information. Thanks for taking the time to make these videos!

robviolin1: Thanks

texblks: nice info bro, my mower wasn't able to put out enough power to start. i pulled the solenoid and took a dremel to my main ground points on the frame,where the solenoid sits and all terminals. fired up first try after that. you saved me about 30 bucks.

MrDanoconnor: Great Video....Just one thing..The Small Red Wire From the battery side of the solenoid to the Amp meter and switch Must be checked as well. That is the MAIN JUICE to the ignition switch.

Sergio Hernandez: I have a problem with my riding mower i start the mower and then when i shut it off and then i try it to started again and dont start when i turn the key it make a sound like clack , clack i change the selenoid and make the same sound clack clack. Its a Craftsman 13.5 hp model# 536.270.212 , serial # 7389113004J00293

Dylan Addison: @cam trathen I had the same issue with my Cub Cadet too, the best advise I can give you is to hook it up and run a hot wire (a direct connection from the battery to the coil) to the positive side of the coil, the negative side of the coil should be hooked to the points and condenser (this is for an older cub) and make sure the points are clean and sanded and the condenser is good. If the coil is good then you should see a spark jump between the two points when you crank it over.

William Straughan: i have a ? i went in the ditch with my murray riding mower cut it off then it will not even turn over i did not have power to soleniod i bought a new 1 still no power. battery good key switch good.unpluged the break padel switch still nothing.battery good battery cabel good is there a cut off switch anywhere i unpluged the 1 under seat.is there 1 under the riding mower its a 1997 model

William Wynn: Safety switches are there to protect you. Yea they can be a pain, and expensive to replace. The simple way to check if its a bad switch is to locate the coil. It should have one black wire connected to it. Unplug that wire IF the mower starts then you know its a bad switch or connection. Once it starts the you will have to reconnect that wire OR ground out the coil or plug.

th19940305: Good video

metalinmotionshop: Ahh yes, thanks for that advise. I'll have remember that when I'm testing the switches next time. Thanks again -Josh

SphereSide: Nice, Thanks!!!

gokartbuyer: battery connection issue

cath1657: Very well presented and easy for a lay person like myself to understand

cim851: Thanks for your informative video, I managed to fix my 16.5hp engine from your tutorial and saved me $200 or so from the service shop! Cheers, keep up the excellent vids.

Derrol Nail: Well done video. Thanks for being concise, accurate, and informative. I watch a lot of how to videos on youtube for all kinds of things, and this, by far, is one of the best I've seen. Thank you.

DocUgs: I'm getting 12 volts at first test, but second test is giving me only 6 volts. I don't want to bring in to repair shop. Is it a bad solenoid and how much can I expect to pay for one?

Curious: Thanks for posting this video!! I'm a do-it-yourselfer at home and I used your troubleshooting tips to isolate the problem to the solenoid, ordered one from the local hardware store, installed and starts right up. Thanks again!!!

th19940305: Is it possible for selonoid to be bad if its brand new?

Jason Jones: amazingly detailed video! Thank you for doing it

TimODon87: Great video my mower starts if i use a screwdriver to jump the solenoid terminals so im am guessing after watching this video that its a bad ground or bad solenoid Thank you

Scott Strieter: What if the starter just keeps on turning with the key off?
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