Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
Don't assume anything! Do you have a voltmeter to test the battery? Was battery light on while running? If so, the charging system was not working, and new battery can be low.
A quick test, is to follow the positive battery cable to the stater solenoid and jump from the big terminal to the single wire switch terminal on the same solenoid. This is test of battery, cables, and solenoid and starter.
The positive battery cable goes direct to the starter solenoid, on the same solenoid is the switch post, from the keyswitch. use a jumper and touch the battery terminal to the switch terminal. The engine should spin. This checks battery, cables, and the solenoid and starter.
No, just a small piece of insulated wire, this is the same connection that the keyswitch accomplishes when it works! All you need is about 6 inches.
OK, I notice the mower has two fuses, one is the ignition fuse, the larger one would be it, is it good? Here is wiring diagram, 260 is same as 240.
I wanted you to jump at the solenoid! battery post to switch post.!
You may not have good cable to solenoid, or the ground cable to frame may not be making good contact.
That should have worked. Do you have a voltmeter or test light to see where you have voltage?
No, nothing needs to be unhooked!
Key does not even have to be on!
I'm wondering at this point if there is voltage at the solenoid!
Voltmeter, has to be set on DC setting, which is straight line on symbol. And on 20 0r 200 volts DC, use the red lead on the battery posiitve post, black lead on the negative battery post, reading should be around 13 volts. That's all there is to use meter, then leave black lead on negative and take readings at solenoid and any other point you want to take reading. Solenoid should read same as battery on the battery terminal.