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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: 10 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.

Have you checked for a blown fuse?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
23007 cub cadet lt1045
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Was your fuse okay?

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
new battery
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.
how
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
fire stay on one side of solenoid
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
did that
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
that right
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
fire just the hot side.do not cross over to other side.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Can you test the orange wire?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
i change solenoid and ignition , still starter will not engage.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Are you familiar with using jumper wires?

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
there is a small red wire connected to solenoid , is a fuse on it.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Is it connected to the hot side of your solenoid?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
it is.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Do you see a small green wire?

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

This is a ground wire.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
the small green wire connect to ground.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Is the green wire grounded to your solenoid?

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

I apologize for all of the troubleshooting questions ...

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

What type of test meter do you have?