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Can't get the starter to engage, can"t get fire to starter,

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can't get the starter to engage
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Customer: can"t get fire to starter
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you. What type of mower is your engine mounted on?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Have you checked for a blown fuse?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
23007 cub cadet lt1045
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this information. Have you checked to see if your fuse is blown?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Was your fuse okay?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Do you hear any clicking at all, when you attempt to start your engine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Have you checked your battery? Do you have a multimeter? These are only troubleshooting questions ...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
new battery
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Okay. Are you familiar with using a screwdriver, to jump across the two large post on your starter solenoid?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

If you have a 12 volt test light, or a multimeter, you and I can check to see if your solenoid is getting power from your ignition switch ...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Remove the small orange wire from your solenoid to test it. This wire should have 12 volts, when your ignition switch is in start position.

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

When doing this test, make sure your parking brake is on, and your pto is off.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
fire stay on one side of solenoid
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

That is correct. Your orange wire should only have voltage when your ignition switch is in start position.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
did that
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
that right
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Are you saying that your orange wire have voltage, in start position???

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
fire just the hot side.do not cross over to other side.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

The fire cannot cross to the other side unless your orange have power from your ignition switch.

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Can you test the orange wire?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i change solenoid and ignition , still starter will not engage.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Are you familiar with using jumper wires?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a small red wire, with a fuse, on your solenoid?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

This small red wire attaches to the fire side of your solenoid.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is a small red wire connected to solenoid , is a fuse on it.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Is it connected to the hot side of your solenoid?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Do you see a small green wire?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

This is a ground wire.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the small green wire connect to ground.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Is the green wire grounded to your solenoid?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

I apologize for all of the troubleshooting questions ...

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

What type of test meter do you have?