How To Test A Lawn Mower Solenoid




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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.

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

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

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

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

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..

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?

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

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.

Collin Houseal: 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?

vinnydavi1: 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?

trevorlc100: why dont you show a video about rewiring a lawn mower with no safety switches, all it would have is a push button to start it and a tether switch to kill it, but i am still stuck on the charging part of that. i dont now if what others say will work

001hamish: Awesome video! Very clear and concise. Thanks for the help!

metalinmotionshop: @cim851 - Thats Great!!! I'm glad I could be of service- josh@metalinmotionshop

impacc00: good video

MyRbradley: Is my starter bad? I have a Troy riding lawn mower with Kohlor SV720S Twin Engine. The starter engages but the then stops before engine starts. Sometimes it starts if I keep turning the ignition on and off.

lecompte126: Great video, very well explained. Hope you will make many more.

metalinmotionshop: @joey102578 - I think it depends on the model. Some switches are simply and on off switch like some seat switches, while others turn one thing off while turning another on. For example a brake switch opens the ground to the ignition module when pressed, but closes the circuit to the solenoid for starting at the same time. You could jump the solenoid and the motor would turn over, but it might not start depending of which switch is bad, and how the switch is broken.- Josh@metalinmotionshop

metalinmotionshop: What test have you done to determine that your solenoid is good? Bring me up to speed with what you have done.-josh@metalinmotionshop

udo4accept: hey josh, on my 4 pole solenoid, the side that connects to the battery has 12 volts, but the other big terminal is shorted to ground (thus NOT having 12v). obviously not right. any idea's?!

Ralph Deep: thanks dude just fixed my crap!!!!!

flowerm4n: josh i wonder if you could help me ? i have a westwood t1600 and im having trouble starting it off the key. i can jump it if i bridge the solenoid posts, so i replaced the solenoid with a new one, but i still have the same trouble, it will still only start via bridging the posts on the solenoid, could you advise me where to go from here thanks
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