Bad Solenoid?

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Old 11-21-09, 03:53 PM
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Bad Solenoid?

I have a '96 Craftsman 42" riding tractor that all of a sudden won't start.

I charged the battery, cleaned the terminals, made sure the connection at the starter was good. Checked every connection, then put a volt meter on the solenoid.
Grounded the -, and touched the + to the battery side of the solenoid, and got a reading. Then, touched the + to the starter side of the solenoid, and no reading. Checked with the key in every postition, and sitting on the seat (I have a safety stop if I get off the seat while the mower is running).

I'm not much of an electrician, but it makes sense that the solenoid is bad. That is, if they can go bad. I don't want to start spending money, trying to figure out if that is it or not.
 
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Old 11-21-09, 05:21 PM
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Sorry I do not have time to get into a detailed post. The three links below will give you everything you need to know about troubleshooting your problem.

http://www.gardening-tools-direct.co...2_W0202001.pdf

http://www.gardening-tools-direct.co...000_173750.pdf

http://www.gardening-tools-direct.co...5321635-78.pdf
 
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Old 11-21-09, 06:18 PM
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Thanks, that's the kind of info I was looking for.

Anyone know if there is info like this for older Craftsman mowers, specifically model #917.256501?
 
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