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Pulled the Husky out to get ready to go. Put new battery in it. Cranked for ever and would not start. determined the electric solenoid on the carburator was stuck. got it cleaned up and operating. Cranked it and it took right off for about 5 seconds. Then stopped and now won't even crank. Appears to be no power to ignition switch as I don't hear the clicking noise it makes just when you turn the key over to on postion without cranking. There is power across the battery. Noticed when the engine did start, it seemed to race up to much higher RPM than usual before it shut down. Any ideas? the mower is 42" with Kohler 15 HP engine (model YTH150). Probably about 12 years old.

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  • lpeterson677 Mar 31, 2011

    Thanks kelly, found the fuse and it was blown (actually a 15a fuse on this model). After three fuses, I finally figured out the major problem. When I took the carburator off to clean it, I took the governor lever off because I could not remove the linkage without doing so. When I put it back on the shaft I obviously did not have it in the right postion and that was allowing the engine to race. Evidently when the engine starts to race out of control, that blows the fuse. Anyway, it is running like new now. thanks again.

  • lpeterson677 Mar 31, 2011

    the solution helped me further trouble shoot the problem and get it all fixed. thanks.,


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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

This statement: "Noticed when the engine did start, it seemed to race up to much higher RPM than usual before it shut down." is telling you that the fuel solenoid on the bottom of the carb lost power so it shut off the fuel.

Look on the main wiring harness of the mower about even with the foot pedals but inside the cowling. Your looking for a 20 amp fuse (Flat type with the U piece between the terminals.) For some reason that fuse has failed. There has to be a shourt some where that caused the fuse to fail. Locate the short.... start in the pedal switch area and then the seat switch area looking for shorts. After that you just have to check everything including the lights (if so equipped) for shorts. Who knows even the wiring for the fuel solenoid or the fuel solenoid itself could be shorted.
The fuse may have a black plastic rectanular cover on it but will not be far from the main harness.

If you need any assistance or have any comments feel free to respond here.

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    Kelly Mar 31, 2011

    If your would please, rate the post and close out the post. Otherwise you will keep getting emails from Fixya when other experts attempt to help you. I am just glad that you were able to retrace your steps and repair it without having someone else getting paid to do it for you. To me that is what this site is all about. People helping people.


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