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The electric starter spins but won't engage on my Sears 700 Series 22" Rotary Lawn Mower

The starter won't engage with the engine. The battery is good, the starter spins but won't start the engine. I am assuming it is the solenoid but don't know how to access it or the starter. How do I get to the starter & solenoid and how do I test them?

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your barking up the wrong gum tree witht the starter motor ,you have an electrical supply problem on the battery terminal area with more than one wire connected or a dodgy earth cable from the engine to the chassis .i would be inclined to check and fit another earth cable from a good connection on the engine -(bell housing) and run it back to battery terminal to eliminate all posibilitys .before anything else ,make you own if you have to but only use copper cable .this is my last question for tonight ,have to go pick er indoors up from work now

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05 cobalt. replaced starter and battery. starter solenoid spins but does not engage starter. head lights dim also when trying to start.


If the lights dim when the engine is trying to start, then the battery is not fully charged.

If the battery is not fully charged there is not enough speed to make the bendix on the starter slide out under centrifugal pressure and engage the ring on the flywheel.

Put the battery on a proper battery charger overnight. Also make sure the battery terminals as clean and tight, plus the negative strap to the body and the positive lead wherever it goes to.

Incidentally, the starter solenoid is not what you think it is as it doesn't 'spin'. It is an electrical relay used to take the massive amps needed to turn the motor from the battery to the starter without burning out the wiring to the ignition switch and the ignition switch itself. You mean the 'starter spins'.

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I'm not sure concerning your question, however if the starter spins when you try to start, then the engagement dog on the starter has gone out, if the starter does not spin you have a bad connection from the switch to the starter or the battery connection to the starter is not tight or corroded and not making a good connection, and on some cars like fords you may have a starter relay which will be near the bat., if it's a chevy the relay will be in the engine bay fuse box and it has a fuse there also it is behind the relay. Good luck orvil

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Why does my starter engage for only a second, then spin freely after that. it was removed and tested at Autozone and passed. The starter stayed engaged during the test when no load was encountered.


Hi Anonymous

What I believe you've said is that you turn the key to start, the engine turns over for a second, then you just hear the starter spinning but no engine turn over. Yes?

Then you took it to Autozone and tested it and it stayed engaged during the test. The differences, possible or real here, are the load on the starter gear end, and the electricity driving it.

There are a couple things happening in the start cycle. The motor starts spinning and the solenoid pushes the spinning gear forward to engage the toothed edge of the flywheel. If the solenoid doesn't push enough, the gear won't engage. So, one thought is that there's an issue with the solenoid - it may push the gear out just fine, but lack power to keep it pressed forward if there is back-force from the engine.

If you have a poor connection to the battery, the solenoid may not draw the current to keep the gear engaged. Checking the hot (red) wire both at the battery and where it attaches to the starter is the primary diagnostic there. Even if the battery has a good charge, the current draw if starting is the heaviest load it encounters in a typical day of driving, so the ability of the battery to dump that charge quickly in a pulse of high current is also important, and non-corroded, tightly connected wires help.

The starter gear also has a clutch in it - akin to the freewheel on the rear of a bike, or a ratchet. This lets the gear spin faster than the starter motor once the engine catches, so that the engine doesn't essentially grab the engaged starter motor and spin it waaay too fast. letting back on the key lets the fast spinning gear disengage without trouble. If there is an issue with that clutch/ratchet, that might also be allowing the gear to spin without it actually pushing - like the clicker in a ratchet sticking so that it'll spin either way.

After that.... there is likely both a relay and a fuse for the starter. Not a bad idea to check that neither is blown, or, in the case of the relay, looking sort of browned and cooked.

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