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I can start my mower by turning the key swigch to the first click and connecting the positive battery cable straight to the starter

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SOURCE: Starter fails to start.

I'm having the same problem. The dealership keeps telling me it's the starter. I've replaced starter and still have the same problem. I have had all the wiring and new key swith put in and still have the same problem. I guess were in the same boat!!!

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it is an issue in the steering column. I am getting my 2005 back today, finally. 2 mechanics and they said they have never seen this issue before!!
The steering wheel has to be pulled off and the part replaced. It is cutting all power to the ignition switch. It is not the starter or the Alternator... it is in the steering column. It should be about 200.00 to fix.

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SOURCE: My riding mower blows fuses once you turn the key.

Sounds like you are on the right path, maybe some wires on the ignition were replaced backward, and you are sending +12v directly to ground? Does it blow right away?

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SOURCE: Murray riding mower won't start

Sounds like a defective starter solenoid.

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If your starter solenoid is separate from the starter, then the following is to check the starter solenoid - (test bypasses solenoid)
1) take a battery jumper cable and connect one end to the positive post of the battery.
2) Turn the key to the ON position.
3) Then take the other end of the jumper cable used in step 1 and touch it to the connection on the starter (bolt) that has the cable coming from the starter solenoid You will see sparks when you touch this.

This should cause the starter and engine to crank over. If nothing happens, then it could be the starter is bad.
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1) Try removing the starter from the engine.
2) Connect a jumper cable to the negative battery post and the other end to the starter housing, to make a good ground circuit.
3) connect a jumper cable to the positive side of the battery and then touch the bolt/post that usually connects to the starter solenoid.
The starter gear should spin when you touch this connection. If not , it's faulty.

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Solenoid clicks but starter does not kick in to start tractor

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The starting circuit is dependent upon the clutch safety ans PTO being off. Here are some steps to take:
1. Ensure battery is fully charged
2. Turn key on and turn PTO on then back off. Listen for clunk
3. Press clutch in fully and turn key to start position. If still no sound at all, hold key in start position and move clutch foot up and down, listening for solenoid click. If click but no crank, starter or solenoid or battery cable connection is bad. Start by wiggling cables, looking for any looseness. Next check solenoid and cables. If that doesn't fix it, starter or solenoid may be bad. There may be a fuse in the circuit. Check them out also.
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My 155c John Deere will not start! Brand new charged battery....I turn the key...nothing(no clicking either). When bypassing it to cellinoid, it starts right up. When I shut off the mower, I have to...

Usually when the key is turned to start position the starter soleniod engages thus applying power to the starter. There are three possible causes to your problem . (1) Check for 12vdc at the terminal on the soleniod when the key is turned to start position, if there is 12vdc at the terminal then the key switch is good. (2) loose or bad cable connection at the soleniod, check connections. (3) bad soleniod -- replace it. generally you will hear a click from the soleniod when the key is turned to start position. Also be sure to check that ALL safety switches are engaged. You may need someone to sit in the drivers seat so that switch will be "made" / engaged. Park Brake is set, mowing blades are "NOT " being engaged, on some mowers if the transmission is in reverse ,even tho the brake is set the mower will not start.

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I have a question. If yor mower want turn over all you hear when you turn the key is the volt meter click. There is fire from battery to solenoid but on the other side of solenoid going to the starter no...

Hello Lynn,

Sounds like you have a problem on the key controlled side, so:

1. Power from the battery to the key switch? 6V or 12V I would guess.
2. With the key in the "Start" position, have you got voltage to the thin wire/small terminal on the solenoid?
3. Do you have a good ground from the starter motor to the chassis?
If all the above checks out then the control circuit for the starter should all be working A-OK & when you turn the key to the "Start" position you should be getting a good, strong "Click" from the solenoid.

So - on the starter circuit:

1. The HD cable feeding the solenoid should always have battery voltage on it?
2. When you operate the key you should hear the solenoid "Click" and the voltage from the HD feed cable should now be connected to the other HD terminal on the solenoid (these are the two you are shorting out with your screw driver to get the motor to turn the engine over).
3. If the solenoid is "Clicking" when you operate the key & the voltage from the main supply cable is being passed to the second HD terminal, but the motor is not operating, then you need to check your ground cable.

Hopefully by now you will have found & fixed the problem :)

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Engine cut out when it was turning over and now when i try starting it i have nothing when i turn the key i put jump leads on the battery from my car but still nothing


I would disconnect the positive lead terminal from the battery on the mower, then follow the positive lead to the starter solenoid. Check the connection there for security (is it clean and tight?). Then the connections on the starter... disconnect, clean and tighten them. remove the terminal from the negative battery pole, and remove the ground cable from the frame of the machine, clean the terminal and the point where the negative cable contacts the frame of the machine... do the same for each battery terminal and cable terminal. Connect the negative battery terminal last. Your problems should be solved.

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