Starter solenoid problem
18 hp briggs, I/C twin on a Craftsman II about 1987 or so. We killed the battery trying to get her started after nearly a year of no use. I don't have a charger and wal-mart had a battery for 19.95 with the 9.00 core charge.
Purchased the battery and a can of starter fluid. Shot a little starter fluid in carb, and on air filter, as per the instructions on the can. Turned key and "click". Reminded me of an old mustang I had. It would click , click, then turn over. Usually changing the starter solenoid fixed the problem.
After a few clicks it engaged the starter and I got to mow. After turning it off, I thought I would see if she fired up again. Got click click again.
Is there a way to test the solenoid? I didn't want to jump across it, but that is what we did on the old mustang. I was 16 then however.