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2006 MTD Yard Machine 38 inch 12.5HP won't start. Replaced ignition switch that was corroded and replaced battery. No power at all. Is there a solenoid switch of some kind that could be bad also? Thanks.

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  • hudson668 Jul 26, 2009

    I used a screwdriver and jumped the two contacts on the solenoid and it tried to crank. Not sure why but it would never start, but it would turn over fine. Where does this leave me? Thanks.

  • hudson668 Jul 27, 2009

    Yes - It was in the "on" position. I did not have it held in the "crank" position since that would have required another person holding it there while I jumped the solenoid. Is that what I need to do?

  • hudson668 Jul 27, 2009

    On this mower the solenoid is under the battery compartment in the back. I had to move the battery out of the way and go in through the battery slot. It was not in the dash.



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Should be a solonoid under dash when the bonnets check this turn your ignition on start and put a screwdriver from the small wire to the main battery cable going to the starter.if this does not turn the motor over replace the solonoid.if the motor does turn over let me know .

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  • mark noble
    mark noble Jul 27, 2009

    this may be a silly question but did you have the ignition switch on when you bypassed the solonoid


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    mark noble Jul 29, 2009

    thats ok! one more check just to be sure.if you have a multimetre or test light check if you have power at the small terminal on the solonoid, (usually in between the two power terminals) when you turn the key on start.


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I can not get my mower started when i go to start it. it will turn over but will NOT start i was woundering if i could get some help with that.

ps.thank you very much

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