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Craftsman clicks, no turnover.

Posted by sheolraver (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 22, 11 at 15:46

One day I turn the key on my Craftsman 3 yr. old 26 HP model 917.286420 and I hear clicking from the solenoid, but nothing else happens. The fly wheel turns by hand and the battery is new. After turning the flywheel by hand, it moved a smidge when turning key again. Connections seem good. Found a fuse which was good. Total novice with engines.

Made an appointment with Sears. 3 weeks out. Hoping to cancel it with your help :)



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RE: Craftsman clicks, no turnover.

I'm having the same problem with my Craftsman Model #917.273764 Is there an easy way to determine if it's the starter motor or something else?

RE: Craftsman clicks, no turnover.

Have the battery load tested... new doesn't mean good, especially with cheap batteries.

Check the pos connection at the battery and at the solenoid.

Check the neg connection at the battery and at the chassis ground.

Sometimes the high voltage cables corrode up inside the insulation and it is hard to see.

RE: Craftsman clicks, no turnover.

Agree about having a 3 year old battery tested, since after 2 years, they are getting suspect.

You can do this test first however-

Jumper the 2 big terminals on the solenoid together, which bypasses the solenoid.

IF the engine cranks, the solenoid is bad.

IF it doesn't, weak battery, bad connection or bad starter.
A bad connection can include the engine mounting bolts which ground the engine to the frame.

RE: Craftsman clicks, no turnover.

Ooohhh, yes, many new starters are sold to poorly informed newbies, because of related problems with other parts of lawn equipment!
Take Bill Kapaun's advice and test the things he said to test, first. And make sure you connect the cables to the battery correctly!! Get them backwards, and the starter will spin backwards! And not start the engine.

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