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Will not crank or start. i can jumper cable to

Will not crank or start. I can jumper cable to the solenoid and it turns over well but does not start. I have checked the saftey switches at the seat, pedal and mower engage with an ohm meter and they appear Ok. I also checked the ignition switch. My tractor is a 21 hp , automatic with a 41 ' mower. model # is 944.602812 sold in canada by sears as an LTX1000.


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  • fred626 Jul 01, 2009

    No that did not seem to have any effect. Since I entered the request I have been tracing wires and find that there is an electric valve on the carb. It seems to click when I turn the key on or off.

  • Keith Parker May 11, 2010

    Hey Fred...when your mower was running..would your lawn mower die if the blades are on..and you put it in reverse?


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When you are jumping it off from the solenoid, there is no power going to the fuel shutoff solenoid under the carb if your battery is dead. If you can't hear the click from the fuel solenoid when you very first turn the key to on, it's not giong to start by jumping other than through the battery.

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If that does not work you need to test the Solenoid. Unhook the small wires on top of the Solenoid. Then take a Battery jumper cable and attach one end to the Battery cable nut on the Battery side of the Solenoid. Take the other end and touch the Terminal nut on the Starter side of the Solenoid. The Starter should spin. It will arc a little, but the engine should be cranking using the jumper cable to supply power. Remove the jumper and reattach the small wires.

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