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I have a MTD ride-on about 3 years old which has an electrical problem. When trying to start the mower the engine doesn't crank. I can hear a "clicking" noise from below the seat. I would have thought this sound was that of the solenoid but it is not coming from the engine /starter motor. I can start the engine by "hot wiring" direct to the starter motor. Could there be some sort of relay under the machine that is faulty?

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  • Jim Parker
    Jim Parker Sep 13, 2010

    What have you tried to do to it, anything? Jm

  • jackchaff Sep 13, 2010

    No, sorry. I only have a little knowledge about machinery. I have a portable battery /starter pack that I use on the car if I have a flat battery. The sort you connect to the battery terminals, wait 3 minutes and start the car. I tried this on the mower by connecting it to the battery terminals as I would with the car but still only got the clicking sound. Then I changed the battery in the ride-on mower (to make sure it was fully charged) and heard the same noise but the engine wont turn over. Then I connected the starter pack to the mower starter (turned the key on) put the negative clamp on the body and touched the positive lead to the starter and away it went. I mowed an acre of grass and turned it off. It would not restart again unless I used the starter pack again. Cheers, Jack

  • jackchaff Sep 25, 2010

    Found the problem. Solenoid needed replacing. I didnt realise the solenoid was poitioned under the seat.



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If you know that the battery is good, then it is the Magneto, (This is the part responsible for recharging your battery as you use the mower.)
However, your battery may be bad and no longer receiving a charge. Take it to a local auto parts store and they can test it for free.

Good Luck!


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    Jim Parker Sep 25, 2010

    Sorry I didn't point you toward the solenoid. I should have figured that. :-(

    Thanks fort he update.




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