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New battery when I turn the key it just makes a clicking sound.

The other day i went out to mow the yard, but the battery was dead. I replaced the battery today and when i went to start the mower all it did was make a clicking sound.

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  • craig sawyer Sep 03, 2009

    I have a digital volt meter and I checked the battery and it read 12.75 not sure how to measure the starter.



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You either have a bad(or weak) batery or the starter itself is toast. you you have a test light or better a digial volt meter and i can futer trouble shoot?

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  • Tom Sep 04, 2009

    ok super thats a real good battery. testing the starters easy, follow the big heavy red cable from the starter solenoid to the starter. have a helper try to crank and check for 12v+ at the post on the base of the starter. if you got it, its toast. if not, than you have a safety switch or module issue or the solenoid is failing internally and not transferring the amperage needed to crank it. if found to be the starter have some one try to crank why you gently TAP with a small hammer on the outside of the case and alota time theyll go for another time or two. now the starters are pricey, if your felling brave take it off and take the end bell off. be reeady there is 4 spring loaded brushes in there that are gona fly if your not carful... it any of the 4 are wore down or the braided end supplying the brush is burnt away or loose than you can buy a set of brushes and springs from the lawn and garden store, theyll need the engine numbers, and save some money. if all looks well than armature is burnt internally and we cant fix at home. so, do brushes if can and polish up the armature where the brushes ride and put her together. put brushes in holder, push all the way in against the springs and make 4 short wires to wedge in front of the brushes from the outside in to hold them while you install the end bell. good luck let me know if you need more assist


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Before going into the starter, I would check the solenoid. If by chance you have a remote starter button you can connect it to the 2 main terminals of the solenoid or you can use one side of a pair of jumper cables (red or black makes no difference as long as it is the same one. Connect one clamp on one of the main terminals on the solenoid then touch the other end on the other terminal (preferably on the eye terminal of the cable if possible) be prepared for a spark. If your starter cranks doing this, replace the solenoid.
Tapping on the starter with a hammer is a tricky proposition at best, the magnets inside the starter break real easy

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