In respect to this, how does a solenoid work on a lawn mower?
The starter solenoid is a small magnetic device located inside the starter motor. When you turn the ignition key on in the "start" position, the battery sends a small electrical charge to the starter solenoid. The solenoid closes a switch that results in a larger amount of current being sent to the starter motor.
Secondly, how do you check a solenoid on a riding lawn mower?
First, turn the ignition key to the “On” position. Look for the large terminal posts on the solenoid where the thick red wires connect to the solenoid. Touch the metal shaft of a screwdriver to both of the large terminals at the same time. If the engine turns over and starts, the solenoid is bad and should be replaced.
A bad starter can manifest itself in a cranking noise without engine turnover, a clicking when the ignition button is pressed, or a mower that simply does not respond to attempts to start. An indication of a bad starter motor is the absence of other electrical problems that can be more easily tested.