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Won't start I've changed the selenoid, starter, brake switch, blade switch and ignition switch and battery. How do I jumper the switches and check the selonoid? Thanks

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Just use a paper clip to bypass the safety switches just for test purposes ,then run a feed direct to the solonoid to test the starter and then it should fire up ,then renew the components as necessary

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    How do I jumper the female plug? There are 4 pins. Thanks

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On our Troy built we can't start it unless we use jumper cables to touch battery terminal and then the starter


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Follow the Positive battery cable to its first union with a part. This should be the starter solenoid. You can bypass the solenoid with 1 jumper cable to see if the starter will spin. It will spark when you put power across the switch.

If the starter is spinning you have another problem to look at. There will be a small wire on top of the starter solenoid that you bypassed. If you use a voltmeter on this small wire, when disconnected, it will show voltage when the ignition key is held to the start position.

If it shows power, then the Interlock under the dash is okay. If you do not get power to this small wire, the brake interlock is bad. Under the dash is a brake pedal lever. It locks out the controls for the starter if the brake pedal is not pressed when you try to start the vehicle.

When this interlock switch is broken or moved by drivers' feet, the starter will not get power. You must fix the brake pedal interlock switch if you have no power in the small starter relay wire.

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Battery is fully charged. Upon starting there is silence. Is there a way to bypass the starter to confirm whether it is the starter or the refractor (probably the wrong word)


With the battery fully charged, you can take a jumper cable, connect it to the positive terminal on the battery and to the terminal on the starter (it has a cable coming from the starting solinoid). Just touch it to see if the starter will turn the motor. You will not get ignition because the safety switches are not made, this will tell you whether or not it is the starter.

Most likely though is that one of the safety switches is mispositioned. I know this sounds silly, but one of my friends did this recently, make sure that the blades are not engaged. If someone is in the seat, the blades disengaged, and the brake/clutch petal pushed down and it still does not start, then that leaves checking that battery connections good, checking that the starting solinoid is functional and then the ignition switch.

I hope this helps, if you check all that and it does not work, let me know and we can discuss it.

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problem could be: brake pedal is not depressed; PTO is engaged; battery terminals are corroded; battery not charged; blown fuse; or fusible link in starting circuit is blown.These are the Most Common Causes for your Problem. Recheck your voltage of the battery and then check it under a load....Take a Jumper Cable Set and Attach the Positive Lead to the Positive Post of the Battery. Take the Other End and FIRMLY Touch the Large Post of the Soleniod on the Starter Side. If the Starter Turns the Engine, then Check the Voltage from the Ignition Switch to the Soleniod. If the Voltage is Going From the Switch to the Soleniod When the Ignition Switch is in the Start Position, then Replace the Soleniod. If No Current from the Ignition Switch to the Small Post on the Soleniod, then The Ignition Switch is Bad ....Hope this helps

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Engine will not turn over. lights, horn, everything else works, no clicks, no nothing, but it will not turn over.


You're describing a no rotation issue and not a no start issue correct? If you dont hear/feel the starter relay clicking, it eliminates everything in the circuit to that point meaning the ignition switch, Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) (you don't have a neutral start switch unless you have a rare manual transmission), ground input from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to the starter relay coil, and starter relay are good. Based on what you've said that leaves the primary battery cable from the battery to the starter, and the wire from the starter relay to the starter solenoid contact on the starter. Have you checked their continuity? One more voltage to check at contact 30 (input volts from battery to starter relay contacts) on the starter relay socket. Should see 12vdc all the time.

You should check the battery. The true test is a load test. Does jumping the battery using jumper cables make any difference? If it starts, change the battery. I take it to check the starter you jumpered the solenoid contact on the starter to the battery correct? Have you tried wiggling the battery cables as you turn the key? They can corrode and fail internally. Are the engine and chassy ground connections clean and tight?

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