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Snapper that will not start. Just clicks

I have a Snapper that will not start. The solenoid just clicks when you turn the ignition. I can take a jumper cable and connect the positive post to the starter and it starts fine. When you jump the 2 posts on the solenoid, nothing happens. I have replaced the solenoid and it doesn't help. I have disconnected and/or bypassed the safety switches on the shifter and the deck to no avail. I have checked all of the ignition wires and cannot find anywhere that it is shorting out. The model number of the mower is 33128bde, although the engine on it is not the original engine. It was replaced with a B&S 11hp 2 years ago.

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  • Don King Jul 07, 2010

    I should have mentioned that I started with the battery. I had replaced it at the beginning of the spring and I took it back where I bought it from and they tested it and found it was putting out almost 400 CCA (rated at 300 CCA). I am jumping from that battery to the starter post, so I'm sure it's not the battery. I will check the post on the starter and make sure it is secure.



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If it starts with the key when you jump it then it sounds like you have a bad or dirty connection in your battery cable or your battery is just too low. You didn't indicate where you were connecting your jumper cable, from the tractor battery or from another source. It could also be in your ground wire (but not if you only have to use one jumper cable). Remove the negative from you battery. Remove terminal from starter, and clean and be sure terminal is tight on the wire. Remove + cable from battery and clean. Remove ground terminal from engine, clean that connection. Check that the starter is firmly bolted to the engine.

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  • Tom W Jul 08, 2010

    Ok, so you are only jumping with the positive cable from teh battery to the Starter terminal? (not the solonoid) And it starts. This indicates the starter is grounded, and the battery is grounded, and the starter is ok. You incicated you replaced the solonoid. Is it exactly the same as the one you had originally. Most B&S would use an internally grounded solonoid.(sometimes called a 3 pole) In other words, the negative would be supplied to the solonoid coil from the mounting to the engine block. The positive would be supplied through start switch, through safety switches, to the small temminal on the solonoid. It wouldn't click if it weren't grounded. If you bought a ungrounded version it would have 2 small terminals, and one whould have to be grounded. If you have a voltage tester. Test the voltage at the incoming terminal on the solenoid. (+ on terminal - on ground or -battery post) You should have at least 12V. Now while you watch the meter, hit the key. If this voltage drops off, then you have either a bad connection, or a bad battery cable. Sometimes the terminals on the ends of these cables get corroded. Have you tried clamping the jumper cable on the incoming side of the solonoid, and to the battery and then trying the key?



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