Small Engine Problems? Ask an Engine Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Thank you. That's the numbers I was looking for.
Do you have access to a volt meter or a 12v test lght?
Great. Now to clarify...
When you turn the key switch to the start position, the electric starter motor turns, but it's not causing the engine to turn over? Or the engine is turning over, but not starting?
When you release the key switch, the electric starter motor continues to turn for over a minute, still not engaging the engine?
Do I understand the symptoms correctly?
If I do, does the key switch seem to spring back briskly to the run position from the start position?
Let's find out about the starter continuing to turn first, since that can burn out the starter from overheating.
That will be caused by either a malfuntioning key switch or solenoid. Take the small yellow wire off the spade connector at the side of the solenoid and use your test light or meter between that and ground. Check to see if you continue to get voltage on that wire after the key switch returns to the run position after you go to the start position. If it does it consistently, and the switch is bad, you'll get voltage. If the problem has been sporadic, try the test a few times.
Let me know...
When I asked you to verify the ignition switch with the test light or volt meter you told me it wasn't the switch. The starter continuing to turn had to be either a faulty key switch or a faulty solenoid, and you told me it wasn't the switch. Now you're saying it was, so I was correct.
The float has nothing to do with the starter continuing to turn. Depending on the position is was stuck in, that would either prevent the engine from starting or allow fuel to contaminate the oil and air filter by being pumped throught the breather. That has nothing to do with the electric starter spinning but not catching/engaging the engine.
I think perhaps the symptoms were in actuality a bit different than you described?
Again, the float has nothing to do with the starter turning and not engaging the engine. They are unrelated in any way.
I asked specifically,
"When you turn the key switch to the start position, the electric starter motor turns, but it's not causing the engine to turn over? Or the engine is turning over, but not starting?
When you release the key switch, the electric starter motor continues to turn for over a minute, still not engaging the engine? Do I understand the symptoms correctly?"
Your resonse was,
"The engine does not turn over. When I release the key it does spring back to the run position. Yes, the starter continues to turn over after I let go of the key."
If you go back and read the questions and answers, what you are saying now is not what you told me earlier. The information I supplied was right on for the problem you described, but now you're saying it is a different problem?
I'm not really sure what you want from me at this point. I answered the questions you asked accurately and completely, but I can only give answers based upon the information you supplied.
In order for the float to be a problem, the starter first has to engage and turn the engine over. What you described was a problem with a stuck starter that kept turning after you let off the key switch, but failed to engage the engine. That would have been a switch or solenoid. The starter not engaging the engine would have been a bad bendix or spiral on the starter.
I don't think there's anything I can do to help you at this point. If you want further clarification, you might print this conversation out from beginning to end and show it to the technician that worked on it to see his opinion.