MTD starting problem

chadnicolettiJune 23, 2010

Hello all my dad called me yesterday and said his mower wouldnt start. So he went and bought a new solenoid. he has a 42" MTD RIDER with a 17.5hp briggs motor. When we hooked the new solenoid up and connected the black battery cable then went to connect the red battery cable to the battery, the cable began to spark a lot when it touched the terminal

I checked connections everywhere and I did hook a jumper to the starter and it struggled to turn the engine over

what could this be?

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walt2002

"When we hooked the new solenoid up and connected the black battery cable then went to connect the red battery cable to the battery, the cable began to spark a lot when it touched the terminal"

Something wrong there, sure you didn't reverse the battery cables?

"I checked connections everywhere and I did hook a jumper to the starter and it struggled to turn the engine over
what could this be?"

Has he every checked the valve adjustment?

I have detailed valve adjustment instructions at address below IF wanted, put in proper format and remind me of engine and what is wanted.

Walt Conner
wconner5 at verizon dot net

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 4:41PM
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