MTD Snow Blower disconnected wire under gas tank


Old 11-08-14, 02:32 PM
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MTD Snow Blower disconnected wire under gas tank

I have a MTD snow blower about 12 years old or so. It is a 4 stroke Tecumseh engine.
There is an eletric start option on it, so I can simply plug it into a 110 power source and press the button to start. However, it will no longer start for me. That is when I noticed there is a disconnected wire located below the gas tank.
On the disconnected end, there is a white connector that is flared at the end (not sure if this is broken or what), then down to a black wire, and that black wire disappears into the engine area between the engine and the starter, right next to the fuel line.
I have a picture of the engine with the fuel tank removed so it is easier to see the wire in question, but did not notice yet where I can post the image.
Does anyone have an idea of what this wire is for, and where it should be connected?
Thank you for any help.
Rodney from PA
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Old 11-08-14, 03:59 PM
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Some Tecs have this wire. It is for a light. Good luck finding the matching plug. People who install a light make do with the two wires. It has nothing to do with the starter.
Old 11-08-14, 05:27 PM
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However, it will no longer start for me.
The starter won't crank or the engine won't start ?

The starter is a self contained 120v starting motor. If you push the button and nothing happens... replace the starter.
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Do you also have the recoil start ?

Does it start that way . . . . without using the electric starter ?

On mine (MTD/White/Tecumseh), the connector under the gas tank was used for both the heated hand-grips and the other for headlight. Salt corrosion rendered the chintzy connector non-functional, and I soldered in a pair of solid wire connections for each from the two alternator coils. By the way, there's a 15 Amp Fuse in that circuit which is hiding and doesn't show on the MTD/White Wiring Diagram . . . . just to help make things more exciting.

That "connector" may have simplified the manufacturing process; but certainly shouldn't have been located at the bottom of a drip loop !

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