Question about Craftsman Garden
The source of the clicking sound is likely the starter solenoid. Typical solutions are:
- Charge the battery (it has too low of voltage).
- Remove corrosion build-up on battery terminals, solenoid wire terminals and ground wires.
- Replace solenoid (it won't engage and only clicks).
Posted on Apr 14, 2015
When I turn the key it just clicks.There are two possible clicks, one is the starter solenoid, the other is the fuel safety switch at the bottom of the carburetor.
There are several elements that go into cranking (turning over) the engine.
If the starter cranks try one more test. Run a small jumper wire from the positive post of the battery to the little terminal on the solenoid. You may have to take the small wire off the terminal, on the starter solenoid, in order to do this. When you apply this current from the battery to the terminal it should make the solenoid activate and the starter crank. This test bypasses the key switch and shows you the starter system is working. You could do this test first; if it works you do not need to do the basic jump test.
If these tests cause the engine to crank, but it will not crank with the key, then you know you have a problem somewhere in your starter wiring, safety switch system, fuse, or in your Key Switch. Of course you did check the battery terminals and the starter terminals for good connection, right?
Most modern riding mowers have the following safety switches:
On a John Deere (100 series) the starting current flows through the following items in this order:
Electrical elements that are NOT part of the starting system:
The RIO is the Reverse Implement Option. It is a switch that latches and stays latched under certain conditions. It is activated by the RIS. The RIS is the Reverse Implement Switch. It activates the RIO. These two separate components work to allow the blades to cut while you are backing up (without killing the engine). They have nothing to do with the starting system.
The Seat and the RIO (the reverse latch not the button) switches are tied into the engine kill system. They provide a ground path for grounding the Coil. This same system controls the fuel shut off valve beneath the carburetor. The Seat and RIO can keep the engine from running but they will not prevent the Starter Motor from cranking. Therefore, if you turn the key and nothing happens, the problem has nothing to do with the Seat and Reverse switches.
Note: With the Key in the RUN position, power flows from the Key Switch to the Hour Meter, then to the RIO latch relay (not the RIS button), then to the fuel shut off solenoid. If you do not hear the Fuel Shut off Solenoid clicking on and off when you turn the Key Switch from off to run, there may be a problem in this circuit; including a possible problem in the Hour Meter. Of course none of this affects the cranking circuit. Your engine will still crank, it just won't run.
Posted on Apr 15, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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