Asked by: Reinier Galdoz
automotive auto parts

Where is the solenoid on a Craftsman lawn mower?

Last Updated: 7th March, 2020

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Look along the mower's frame or back of the engine compartment to locate the solenoid. On most models, the solenoid is a cylindrical or square palm-sized black device bolted to the mower frame near the engine or bolted on at the back of the engine compartment near the battery.

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Herein, where is the solenoid on a lawn mower?

The starter solenoid is a small cylinder attached to the lawn tractor's frame near the starter motor. Attached to the solenoid are two thick red wires, one from the battery and the other to the starter motor.

Secondly, how do I know if my lawnmower starter is bad? A riding lawn mower that has a bad starter can be difficult to diagnose. 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.

Similarly, it is asked, are lawn mower solenoids universal?

The universal four terminal solenoid provides superior performance and will fit most lawn and garden tractors and residential zero turn riders with 12-volt starting systems. Included with the solenoid is a grounding wire for easy installation.

How do you know if your solenoid is bad?

Listen for the solenoid to click when the key is turned. Have a friend turn the key in the ignition to attempt to start the vehicle. Listen carefully, as you should hear a click when the starter solenoid engages. If you do not hear a click, the starter solenoid is likely not functioning properly.

Related Question Answers

Cinderella Haller

Professional

How do you bypass a solenoid?

How to Bypass the Starter Solenoid
  1. Locate the starter motor under the vehicle.
  2. Locate the two metal contacts on the back of the starter solenoid.
  3. Place the metal blade of an insulated screwdriver across both metal contacts.
  4. Get a friend to help you by turning on the ignition with the key.
  5. Listen to the starter motor.

Emilee Kiesgen

Explainer

How do you check a lawn mower starter?

Connect one end of a jumper wire from the battery's positive terminal, and touch the small lug on the engine starter solenoid that is marked S with the other end to test the starter ignition switch. If the engine starter motor turns over or runs then the starter ignition switch is faulty and requires replacement.

Jalila Harmssen

Explainer

What wires go to the starter solenoid?

A typical starter solenoid has one small connector for the starter control wire (the white connector in the photo) and two large terminals: one for the positive battery cable and the other for the thick wire that powers the starter motor itself (see the diagram below).

Shamira Makhinya

Pundit

How do you test a starter solenoid on a Briggs and Stratton?

How to Test a Solenoid on a Briggs & Stratton Engine
  1. Place the engine on a hard, flat surface. To locate the solenoid on the engine, follow the positive (red) wire coming from the battery; it will lead into the solenoid.
  2. Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug.
  3. Keep the negative lead from the voltmeter connected to the negative battery post.

Fatoumata Abalada

Teacher

How does a solenoid work?

Solenoid is the generic term for a coil of wire used as an electromagnet. It also refers to any device that converts electrical energy to mechanical energy using a solenoid. The device creates a magnetic field from electric current and uses the magnetic field to create linear motion.

Gracie Juncal

Teacher

How does a starter solenoid work?

When the ignition switch is turned on, a small electric current is sent through the starter solenoid. When low-current power from the starting battery is applied to the starter solenoid, usually through a key-operated switch, the solenoid closes high-current contacts for the starter motor and it starts to run.

Nadir Lidk

Teacher

How do you wire a solenoid?

How to Wire a Solenoid Switch
  1. Locate the high-current switch terminals on the solenoid switch.
  2. Cut two pieces of black wire and strip half an inch of wire off of each end of both wires.
  3. Connect one end of the second black wire to the second high-current terminal of the solenoid switch.

Adorinda Cascalheira

Reviewer

Why does my riding mower clicks when I try to start it?

If the riding mower makes a heavy clicking or a rapid clattering sound when the key is turned to the start position, there is a problem with the battery or a part of the starting circuit. The clicking noise comes from a part called the starter solenoid. Low battery voltage - Battery needs charging or replacement.

Nepomuceno Gaztambide

Reviewer

How do you start a lawnmower with a screwdriver?

Using a Screwdriver to Start the Mower
  1. Use the screwdriver as the bridge mechanism instead of jumper cables. If the space between the two electrical posts to engage, the solenoid and the starter, sit very close to one another using the screwdriver as a bridge.
  2. Use a flat head screwdriver in lieu of the key.

Alizia Socaciu

Supporter

Should a solenoid have continuity?

Yes, with the solenoid disconnected, you should have continuity between the small, COIL terminals. The small terminals are connected to the coil which activates (connects) the large, PRIMARY terminals of the solenoid.

Roland Ermeling

Supporter

What does a starter solenoid do 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.

Dawn Elders

Supporter

Are solenoids interchangeable?

Why They Aren't Interchangeable
Since they have to meet the needs of very different types of systems, starter solenoids (intermittent) and continuous duty solenoids are dramatically different, and interchanging them would be disastrous.

Silvano Helvas

Beginner

Can I bypass my starter solenoid?

Bypass the starter relay
Simply put, to overcome and bypass a faulty starter relay or ignition switch, you can touch both the positive starter terminal and the solenoid terminal on the starter using a big screwdriver.

Eddie Malavia

Beginner

What happens if you have a bad solenoid?

When the solenoid goes bad, something happens so there is inadequate or no current to the starter when you turn the key. The power contacts may burn or corrode, adding enough resistance to the circuit so that the starter doesn't engage properly, or doesn't turn the engine over.

Llarina Lihobaba

Beginner

How do I know if my starter relay is bad?

Here are some symptoms of a bad or failing starter relay
  1. Vehicle does not start.
  2. Starter stays on after engine started.
  3. Intermittent issues starting the vehicle.
  4. Clicking sound coming from the starter.

Viktors Alaoui

Beginner

What does a bad solenoid sound like?

Our Expert Agrees: If your starter solenoid is bad, you may hear a clicking sound when you turn the key, or your vehicle may not have any power at all. Check the battery. Low power could result in the starter clicking but failing to engage.

Caroyln Amimo

Beginner

What are symptoms of a bad solenoid?

Intermittent operation can be a sign of a failing starter solenoid. Problems that might cause your car to act like it has a bad starter solenoid can include: Bad battery - If the battery voltage is low it will be unable to provide enough power to start your engine.

Agate Mancuso

Beginner

How do I know if my lawn mower solenoid is bad?

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.