Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
have you disengaged the blades?
Where is the click coming from? Near starter or at the fuel solenoid when key is turned on?
With zero turn , one of you arm switched may be stuck, keeping starter from working. You say you tried to jump it and same thing? Ay of the safety switches, seat, and neutral switches will kill the start circuit.
What is the model number ? Where is the starter solenoid, It will be at the end of the positive battery cable. Are the battery cables tight on the solenoid?
Check the wires at the solenoid.
Battery cables tight?
Can you jump the solenoid, from the battery cable terminal to the switch wire n the same solenoid and see if starter engages?
No, just use a short wire to jump one terminal to the other.
this tests the battery, cables, solenoid and starter
I'm trying to get test results. Battery with bad cell can be jumped.
no, battery cable goes direct to the starter solenoid, on the solenoid is the cable post, it also has a set of small terminals, you would jump with insulated wire from the cable connection, to the small post. This is same connection that key would make.
Screwdriver or other metal shafted tool.
?? You could use the probe end to connect the two posts. large cable to small terminal. If it sparks and does not turn engine, battery is weak, or bad, or the starter is bad, or engine does not turn. Can you turn the engine by hand using the screen on top?
No volt meter? Can you turn engine by hand? I suspect battery is dead.
Remove spark plugs and see if the engine will spin. Whine from starter tells me starter is trying , but engine is too hard to turn. To turn manually you have to get to the flywheel, the rotating part on top. Usually there is a screen attached, and you can move it by hand. If not, screen cab be removed and a socket wrench used on the flywheel nut.
I can't see what you have, can you attach photo?
Yes, the round one rotates with the flywheel . Remove it to expose the flywheel nut.
If flywheel does not move with wrench, the engine may be locked! With round screen removed, flywheel nut should be exposed!
Yes, you can't turn the flywheel from here? Not good!
The four bolts are holding the plastic fan down. With the bolts removed, the fan should come off. Exposing the nut!
Engine is locked up. Was it low on oil?
You may want to look under the engine , to be sure that the belts haven't com loose and locked the engine, but it seems to be internal failure in the engine. Is this Briggs or Kohler engine?
So engine is locked! The only way to find out what has happened to engine is to disassemble it, starting with removing the cylinder heads. As it has internal failure.