Electrical Starting Problem


Old 08-27-02, 10:30 PM
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Murray mower blown fuse

My Murray riding mower wouldn't start using the key. I checked the fuse on the red wire between the ignition and solenoid, and it was blown. So I replaced it with a new 15A fuse, and it blew that fuse instantly as I installed it, without even attempting to start the mower, and with the ignition in the off position. I couldn't find anything wrong with the wiring. Do I need a new ignition, or could it be something else?
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Old 08-28-02, 04:02 AM
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Sounds like you have a "sneak" path to ground. Disconnect your ignition switch first and if that corrects your fuse blowing problem, more than likely you will need to replace your ignition switch. Might be a bare spot on some of your wires or a terminal that's shifted around and is now touching ground.
Old 08-28-02, 08:18 PM
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Does this mower have a 1 cyl. briggs and stratton engine? If so, there's a pair of wires that run behind/beside the starter. If they are pinched behind the starter, it will cause this problem. I have seen brand new engines with these wires pinched. To save a headache and a lot of time checking...check this first.

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