I just reconditioned the mower. It starts first pull with rope, but I'm a 70-year old granny and the 6.5 hp is a bit much for me to use pull starter, so I need the electric start. Battery is brand new, connectors seem to be clean, pos and neg in proper positions. The charger adapter (in wall outlet) is not even warm to the touch, indicating to me that it's not taking the charge. Starter 'clicks' but won't turn engine over. I replaced the fuse, but second fuse may have been used and might be bad.
Mower is Model 20018 (2003) walk-behind with Tecumsah engine.
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Re: new battery won't take charge
Hello, and how are you. It could possibly be the charger itself If everything else seems fine. If all wire connections at the starter and the battery are tight, clean and no cuts any where on the wires them selves.I would try a new charger. Another thing is you could see if someone could check the wires with a meter to see if there are any unnoticeable breaks in the wires.
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remove starter houseing cut old rope out then rewind it till it stops slip new rope through houseing hole and pull hole put a screw driver threw houseing and pulley to make it so it cannot unwind then not the pulley end of rope take a lighter heat knot this will make sure it will not unknot hold rope pull out screw driver pull rope until knott is seat to pully slowly let cord rewind cord until it stops pull out two tune of pully install handle put knot in it and heat the knot with a lighter done cut excess cord off reinstall the red neck let me no if you get have problem like motor dont star or is hard to start
test the battery
if it is under 12v as normal change it; 10v is one dead cell. 8v is two dead cells etc.
if it is not able to hold a charge the engine wont start even with the pull start due to electronics not firing at under 12v
that is probably why it starts with the charger hitting it with 14-18v
Whilst it was in for the solenoid did they change the spark plug? If not remove it and give it a good clean and check the gap at the end to ensure it is correct. It should tell you what it should be in the manual. My old lawnmower is a nightmare to start so I try and warm it up before starting.
There should be a hole in the pulley that holds the starter rope in the starter/recoil unit. If you have taken the machine apart to that point, yes, there is only one way to reassemble it.
You will have to wind the starter recoil without the rope installed on itabout 5-6 complete revolutions to "pre-load" tension on the spring-steel starter spring, then lock the pulley in place, insert the pull rope and tie it off so it can come back out and then release the pulley, letting it draw in the new starter cord. Make sure you have the handle installed so it will stop when it gets to the body of the engine cover.
First, this is best done with two people, unless you have 4 hands. Second, with rope pull cover off the mower and laying on table with rope pulley up so you can see it, remove all the old rope. Next, measure 8 foot of new rope.
Now, line up the holes where rope will go thru the cover and into pulley, now with someone holding the cover, rotate rope pulley 6 complete turns, now hold pulley there, while putting new rope thru the rope openings in rope pulley and outer cover. Tie knot on end by rope pulley and have who ever was holding cover and other end of rope, slowly release the rope so it rewinds, install rope handle and walla, your done. 5 minute job, depending on how much coffee you drink. Hope this helped you.
This is best done with two people. Remove cover, place down so you are viewing the rope pulley. Remove all old rope. Measure 8 foot of new rope. line up pulley rope hole with rope opening in cover. Wind rope pulley 6 turns. Push new rope thru both rope openings, one in pulley and one in cover. Pull rope thru pulley and cover. Tie knot in pulley end of rope, Slowely release rope so it rewinds onto pulley. Install hope handle, your done. was'nt that easy? You will have extra rope, this is needed to go from engine to handle support on your mower handle.
This works best with two people. Remove cover and pull cord will be inside cover. If your handle on pull cord is attatched to a metal ring up on the handle, you will need 8 foot of new pull cord.
With all the old cord removed, wind cord pulley 6 revolunations, now, have someone hold the pulley, while you string the new cord thru pulley and out the cord hole on cover. Be sure to put a knot on the end going thru pulley. Draw cord all the way thru and out of the cover. Attatch the handle and let it rewind. You will have extra cord, this will be used up going from engine up the handle. I hope this helps
pull the starter housing off, take out the old rope, rotate the starter counter clock wise 5 to 6 times were the to holes line up stick a screw driver throw the holes to hold it in place. feed the same ty-ip rope from out side in throw then tie off. your going to need about 6 to 7 feet. let the pulley pull the rope in