Garden tractor solenoid

Old 04-17-23, 09:46 AM
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Garden tractor solenoid

How many starts can a garden tractor do with the solenoid bypassed? My 22-year-old Deere GT235 wouldn't start. It just clicked. The battery is less than a year old and charged. So I bypassed the solenoid by attaching a copper wire to the two terminals. The engine started right up. I've ordered a solenoid, but it might take 2 weeks or more to arrive. If advisable, I'd like to use the tractor now with the solenoid bypassed. Thanks
Old 04-17-23, 10:14 AM
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It depends on exactly what you bypassed. Most starting solenoids are intermittent duty so you don't want to keep it energized continuously. You just bypass it long enough to start the engine, then unhook your jumper.
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Essentially that is what the solenoid does but it's a safety thing!
Old 04-17-23, 10:56 AM
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If you're just jumping the big terminals for the seconds it takes to start the engine, it's fine, do it as needed until your new solenoid arrives.

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