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Try to start riding mower. it just clicks. I've got 12V to the starter. I thought starter was done so replaced it and no luck> still just clicks. I'd appreciate some help. OHVB 15hp Briggs&Stratton Model 28N707 Type 1118-E1 Code 010329ZE Thanks Gerry

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Hi jerry396
you say you replaced the starter - do you mean starter solenoid or starter motor ?

if you run battery jump lead from bat + to s/motor terminal and connect neg jumper lead to engine earth and other end of neg jump lead to negative bat post with key on - will the engine crank over easily and start - if so your starter motor is good if not problem is elsewhere.

check your battery - it could be a faulty battery , and earths, also 12 must be present @ solenoid from the key switch in start mode and check that the solenoid has a good ground

check the starter solenoid as well - it could have burned contacts adding very high resistance to starter cable , also check your starter cable - for resistance - it should have no more than 0.3 or 0.4 ohms

make sure all interlocks are operating - ie clutch brake, cutter attachment , nuetral switch , seat switch ,

cheers hope it helps


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I'd touch a car jump lead direct from battery +ve to main terminal on starter motor. Just flash on for 2 seconds - It will spark a bit but it should turn the starter motor - regardless of key / solenoid circuitry.
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