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No power to starter

18 hp briggs how can i test the starter solenoid. Have power at key. Battery has full charge.

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  • tatt2edguy May 11, 2010

    Have you tried to jump the soleniod directly from the battery? Or if it is like a car or truck, giving the starter a rap. It may just have something jammed. Let me know if it worked.


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Hook up jumper cables directly to the starter

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  1. Bad starter motor. Most likely to cause slow turning over of engine,. The starter motor brushes wear out over time. Cost for new starter range from $40-$80 depending on model and year of engine. Usually a fairly simple DIY R & R if you are handy and have basic tools.
  2. Even though you say you have a new battery be sure that it is fully charged. Also you can try jump starting with cables from car.
  3. The mower battery cables are notoriously undersized. Reworking cables with larger size (gauge) often helps. Can made up and purchased from full service auto parts store such as NAPA.
  4. Last, bad starter solenoid. Not likely since motor does turn, but bad solenoid can stop full current from reaching the starter.
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