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TB 18.5 hp will not turn over. new battery.

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TB 18.5 hp will not turn over. new battery.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Hello and thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will do my very best to get you the answer you need to your question.
Did this problem occur suddenly, or gradually, over a period of time? Is your engine, a Briggs and Stratton brand?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It had been hard to start for a couple months. I think it is B&S.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for this information. Does your engine spin as it normally would?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it will not turn over. Light on the switch comes on very briefly.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Can you hold on just a minute or two, I need to check something for you?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
you still there?
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Yes, I am back.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
If you remove your spark plug, will your engine spin?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have not tried that.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Can you give this a try? This will give you and me a starting point for troubleshooting?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How do I get back to you after I try that?
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Just click on save before you exit, and you will have a direct link back to me. I will also save our discussion on my end. Wait until we are finished before you rate my answer.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok motor does not spin with spark plug out. I noticed when I turn the key the amp meter moves off 0 a little to the neg side.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for checking. Do you hear a clicking sound?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no clicking sound
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a 12 volt test light, or a way to check for voltage?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I do not have one.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Okay. Have you checked your fuse to see if it is blown?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Where is the fuse located?
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Your fuse is located at the rear of your mower. You will need to remove your battery, in order to gain access to it.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would the amp meter move if the fuse were blown?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I ll check it.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
I believe you are correct.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Check to make sure you have good connections on your battery. Also, try turning your engine by hand.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I found the problem, Positive cable has broke loose from the solinoid.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Very good!
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Is your solenoid damaged?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes looks like it melted then broke off.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
You can pick up a new solenoid at your local Tractor Supply on a Saturday.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks ,,, Thank you for your assistance.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Good service you have here.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! If you need me again, I will be happy to assist you.