1998 Toro Wheel Horse Model 71215 Won't Start


Old 07-05-09, 12:10 PM
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1998 Toro Wheel Horse Model 71215 Won't Start

Last several times my Toro lawn tractor would not start at first. When I turned ignition key to start position got a humming, groaning or whirring sound but no engine turnover. After moving the tractor back and forth a few times while sitting, I turned the key again and soon it turned over and started. The last time this happened I inadvertently turned the engine off and after that I only got silence when I turned the key to start position. Further attempts in the last 10 days, including the back and forth motion saw no change.

I made sure the relatively new battery was charged, checked the fuses and connections I could see, and all appeared OK. Of the wiring I could see there appeared be be no kinks or shorts.

I suspect the probem could be the contacts on the starter switch. When I turn the key to the first position (on), ut makes a click but notihing in the second or start position. However, getting to the back of the switch means getting the steering wheel off or taking the gas tank out and that may not even be the problem If it is somewhere else in the starter assembly that could be expensive to replace compared to the value of the 11 year old machine. So maybe it is time to get a new tractor.

Any help or advice?
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Old 07-05-09, 08:51 PM
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I doubt you have to worry about exceeding the value of the mower. Your problem can probably be fixed for less than $50. Do you have a voltmeter? Are you getting power to the small wire plugged on to the bottom of the solenoid?

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