solenoid testing

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Old 05-11-03, 06:06 AM
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solenoid testing

I own a White 13 hp riding lawn mower that ran fine for the first part of the summer last year,then out of the blue it would not start.The motor does'nt even turn over.I took the starter off and tested it and found that it work's fine.My question is how do I test the solenoid?
 
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Old 05-11-03, 06:39 AM
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Depends on how the solenoid is configured. Should have 3 or 4 terminals. Two of the terminals would be the large gauge wire running from the battery and then "out" to the starter. Other terminal(s) would be for the power to "close" the solenoid. To test the solenoid you would need to apply 12v to these (usually smaller) terminals. If there is only one small terminal you would apply 12v to the terminal and the neg side to the body of the solenoid to provide the ground. With two terminals they get the
+ and -.

Another possibilty of a problem would be a safety switch not functioning properly. There are probably at least two - one under the seat and one on the mechanism to engage the blade.

Good luck.
 
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Old 05-11-03, 02:08 PM
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There is also a safety switch on the clutch/brake pedal.
 
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Old 05-11-03, 05:54 PM
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Thanks, JA, had a brain dump and forgot that one.
 
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