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I have a Ariens ridding lawn mower will not start charged

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I have a Ariens ridding lawn mower will not start charged battery /has 12.5v turn key and nothing happens no clicks nothing ?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Terry, have you checked to see if your fuse is blown?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
where is the fuse?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
hello are you there?
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Yes, I am here. Sorry for the delay.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Can you get the model numbers for your mower for me? They are located under your mower seat.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

With these numbers, I can locate your fuse. Thanks!

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Under your hood, you will see your starter solenoid. There is a large red cable attached to your solenoid. This large red cable, have a small red wire attached along with it. Your fuse is inline on the small red wire that is attached to your solenoid post.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ill go see if I can find it and check it out. be back in a min
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Thanks!

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
there is only one wire going to the starter its black w/red stripe I didn't see anyplace for a fuse
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Did you see your solenoid?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Located the starter on your engine. Look for a large red cable on your starter. This cable goes back to your solenoid, from your starter.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I took the fly wheel cover off did see it
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
this is a briggs and stration 20hp v twin
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Are you saying you did not see your starter?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I see the starter in and the black wire w/red stripe no other wires go to it
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
if there is one there it must be in back of starter
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Are you requesting a phone call?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
is there a diffent place for the fuse ?
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Is your battery at the front of your mower, or under your seat?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am not going to call
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
under the seat
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

No problem. We can continue on the chat page.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Would you like for me to attach a picture of what your solenoid will look like?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
do you think it could be the seat sensor yes send me a picture
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

It is likely your fuse.

Solenoid - Click Here

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

After you locate your solenoid, your fuse will be easier to locate.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Click on the link above to open image.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
cant find the link
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
yeah I know what it looks like but where is it at ?
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

If it is not under your hood, it will be at the rear of your mower. You will have to remove your battery to see it. The red cable on your battery, goes from your battery, directly to your solenoid.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ill go check it out
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Thanks!

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
hey Don found fuse was good now what?
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Very good! If your fuse is ok, your fuse holder could be bad. Do you have a 12 volt test light, or a multimeter?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I do both
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ill go test it
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Ok. Is your fuse at the rear of your mower?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
the solenoid had power to it and both sides of the fuse I checked both wires (red) coming out of the fuse box both had power
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for checking. Next we need to determine if your getting power to your ignition switch.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
ok Ill have to try it tomorrow it starting to rain Thanks
Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

No problem. It's been raining here for four days.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

We can continue from here, after you check your ignition switch power on tomorrow.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

On tomorrow:

Check the following ...

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Remove the wiring connector from your ignition switch. Check to see if your Red Wire has 12 volts or more. This is the wire that goes from your fuse, directly to your ignition switch. If your Red Wire have 12 volts or more, look for a White Wire inside your wiring connector. Your White Wire, is the wire that energizes your solenoid.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

After you locate the White Wire in your connector, put a jumper wire between your Red Wire and your White Wire, to see if your engine will attempt to start. Before doing this, make sure your brake/clutch pedal is depressed, and locked, and that your pto is off.

Expert:  Donald replied 11 months ago.

Give this a try, and we can continue from here. Thanks!