How To Bypass Starter Solenoid On Riding Mower

Can you start a riding lawn mower without a starter?

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Can I bypass starter solenoid with a switch?

Place the metal blade of an insulated screwdriver across both metal contacts. This bypasses the solenoid and creates a direct connection between the starter motor and the ignition switch.

Why does my riding mower clicks when I try to start it?

The clicking noise comes from a part called the starter solenoid. The solenoid connects the battery to the starter motor when the solenoid is energized. The key switch and the safety switches in the starter circuit combine to energize the solenoid. If the solenoid is clicking, the circuit that triggers it is working.

How do I know if my lawn mower starter solenoid is bad?

Look for the large terminal posts on the solenoid where the thick red wires connect to the solenoid. Touch the metal shaft of a screwdriver to both of the large terminals at the same time. If the engine turns over and starts, the solenoid is bad and should be replaced.

How do you test a lawn mower starter with jumper cables?

Connect one end of a jumper wire from the battery’s positive terminal, and touch the small lug on the engine starter solenoid that is marked S with the other end to test the starter ignition switch. If the engine starter motor turns over or runs then the starter ignition switch is faulty and requires replacement.

What wires connect to a starter solenoid?

A typical starter solenoid has one small connector for the starter control wire (the white connector in the photo) and two large terminals: one for the positive battery cable and the other for the thick wire that powers the starter motor itself (see the diagram below).

What is the i terminal on a starter solenoid?

The smaller terminals are typically iron bolts: Solenoid terminal S (or 50) is for the control wire connecting to the starter relay and ignition switch. If there is a 4th terminal, this can be terminal R (connects to a ballast resistor) or I (connects to the ignition coil) — this terminal is usually not used.

Can a bad starter solenoid cause no power?

But a faulty solenoid that fails to make adequate electrical contact inside can also produce this tell-tale sound causing the battery to have low voltage unable to provide enough power to start your engine.

Why is my lawn mower clicking and not starting?

If your riding lawn mower engine clicks when you turn the key but won’t turn over, there’s a pretty good chance your mower could have a bad starter solenoid. Other problems, though not as frequent, include a bad starter motor, a wiring failure, a weak battery or a locked-up engine.

What does a bad solenoid sound like on a riding lawn mower?

If the connection between the battery and solenoid is loose, broken or improperly grounded, you’ll hear nothing. Otherwise, you should hear a click, then a whirring sound as the starter motor engages the main engine. When only a clicking sound occurs, something is wrong with the starter.