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Electric starter not working on Toro

My 22 inc recycler Toro will no longer start using the electric starter. I can use the manual system fine and it runs well. I have changed the spark plug, changed the oil and filter.

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  • steven_smoge Nov 05, 2009

    thanks, sounds similar although mine was the battery just died. I contacted Toro and they of course would not cover the new battery. appreciate the response

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I've had the same problem (I think) - the starter will not activate. First time, I found the fuse that's attached to the battery "tray" had corroded. For that I put a good coating of silicone dielectric grease on the fuse contacts and holder. This keeps moisture out. With that it was good for a few months. Now it's gone bad again. This time the fuse is good, but the battery is dead, and so dead that it won't recharge. Apparently the cause of the discharge was/is grass and moisture finding its' way into the battery area, and providing a conductive path between the battery terminals. I was recharging it regularly, following the owners manuals' instructions, so it's definitely not a negligence problem caused by me.
So, obviously what we have is a design flaw in the mower that allows grass clippings to get into the battery area. Time for a recall, but for a quick fix for your current pioblem, you might just find the fuse is corroded, and a replacement + non-conductive grease may be all you need to git'er going.

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  • apokerlm Apr 12, 2011

    The battery tray is always full of grass. Not sure what the engineers were thinking? Even after examining the plastic tray design I'm still not sure if it is a design flaw or or the manufacturing is bad? The cable, battery and fuse do not fit right and why is the grass getting in there? Anyway it's easy to blow a fuse when removing and reinstalling if your not careful with the cable.

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