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The clicking sound is probably from the starter solenoid changing state. My guess is your starter is bad. If you have a multimeter then have someone try to start the tractor while you read between the starter and ground. Have your meter on VDC.

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One possibility is the solenoid. A single “click” sound comes from the engine compartment or from under the car. This could mean that the solenoid is trying to engage but that the internal components are stuck and unable to work properly. Repeated “clicking” sounds usually indicate a dead battery.
The starter solenoid is an electromagnetic switch that engages the starter motor. How can I tell if my starter solenoid is bad? If you`re having trouble cranking the engine over but the battery is charged, or if your starter won`t disengage after starting the engine, it`s likely a starter solenoid issue.
The clicking noise comes from a part called the starter solenoid. The solenoid connects the battery to the starter motor when the solenoid is energized. The key switch and the safety switches in the starter circuit combine to energize the solenoid. If the solenoid is clicking, the circuit that triggers it is working.
Do your best to listen for a “click” noise. If the click is strong and loud, it most likely means the solenoid has enough power and is working properly. If the clicking you are hearing is quiet or repetitive, it may be that your solenoid is not strong enough or does not have enough power from the battery.
It might be a battery or alternator problem.

If the source of the clicking is electrical, the starter (a small motor energized by the battery that gets the engine running) doesn`t have enough juice to stay powered. So instead, it rapidly turns on and off and produces a clicking noise!

The starter relay makes a clicking sound, but the engine does not rotate, which indicates that the starter motor is not receiving enough current from the relay. This may also be a sign of low or exhausted battery power. Only when it transmits enough current to the starter, the relay starts to work.
Let someone turn on the ignition key or press the starter button. Observe the light — if it doesn`t turn on, the solenoid is likely failing to transfer power and might need replacement. However, if the light turns on but there`s no clicking sound or starter engagement, the issue lies with the car starter.
It`s generally positioned between your vehicle`s ignition module and the engine. Solenoids (also typically called starter solenoids or starter relays) operate by receiving both large electrical currents from your vehicle`s battery and smaller electrical currents from the ignition system when the car key is turned.
If the engine starter motor turns over, the starter solenoid needs to be replaced. If the engine starter motor does not turn over once a jumper wire is connected to the two large lugs on the starter solenoid, replace the engine starter motor.
If your riding lawn mower engine clicks when you turn the key but won`t turn over, there`s a pretty good chance your mower could have a bad starter solenoid. Other problems, though not as frequent, include a bad starter motor, a wiring failure, a weak battery or a locked-up engine.

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My Z5426 won’t start. When I pull out the choke and turn the key, gas starts leaking out of the exhaust system just before it gets to the muffler. Last time it did start, it ran really rough. So, I turn off the engine and then tried to restart and that’s when I noticed the fuel leak.
ANSWER : Maybe bad fuel, fuel line leaking, flooding of the carburetor, since it did start and ran rough I am assuming that the gas was left set and more then likely this gummed up the carburetor, you will have to clean/rebuild it. If you have a can of carburetor clean you may be able to spray that into there and clean it up, I would not choke it to start it as it sounds like it got/is flooded/ing. Good Luck Tim

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Safety switch on brake handlechecks ok but motor cuts off when released
ANSWER : Check clutch safty switch or seat safty got to be one of those switches

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My cub cadet won’t start just clicks ,i changed the fuse and tryed to jump start it no luck what do i do now?
ANSWER : Check your soleniod.

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I have a zoom 1840 it wont start just makes a clicking sound i can jump it from the starter but deck stays incaged any ideas what it could be
ANSWER : Bad pto switch?

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When turning key to start, it will only make a click. Seems to have voltage to starter,could the battery be to weak to start? Voltage from battery is 11.4
ANSWER : Yes, it could be the battery…the voltage may be at 11.4, but may not have enough amps to turn the engine over…try putting it on a battery charger, see if this makes a difference

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My Honda lawn mower 3813 is general very easy to start and will start almost immediately when I turn the switch. However there are times that it will not start no matter what I do. When this happens I do not have any spark when I take out the plug and ground it to the frame. When it is starting and working OK I can get a spark. I think that there is a problem with the ignation system. I have taken it to the repair shop or dealer several times but by the time I get it there it starts and they are not able to diagnose the problem. Only once that I have had it stop when I was running it. the problem seems to be more prevelent in cooler weather in spring and fall. When I first turn on the switch I can hear the fuel pump pulsating very rapidly and the as it pumps up will slow down. Sometimes when I turn the switch it will pulsate very slowly, perhaps once every 3 or 4 seconds. I have become aware that when this happens it will not start but when it pulsates rapidly it will start. I do not think it is a fuel problem as I can smell fuel when I choke it and turn it over for a while. I am wondering if it could be a faulty switch or some other electrical problem in which it is not getting a full amperage to the electrical system? I would appreciates any suggestions.
ANSWER : Check to see if your engine has a low oil sensor. Most Honda’s have one. If the oil gets low or you all of a sudden have a bad oil leak, the sensor will kill the fire to the spark plug, saving your engine from running with low or no oil. Sometimes these sensors go out from time to time. It will be on the side of the block with wires coming out of it. Unplug it and check your oil again before doing this test. If your engine continues to run and does not shut off, this sensor is the problem. Good luck.

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My 300z riding lawn mower zero turn starts but stalls when mowing the grass, please tell me what it could be?
ANSWER : Dirty carb possibly or the governor has failed

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I have a 20 hp z force 44 and the mower blades wont come on . I have changed the pto switch and the safety switch under the seat. I have also checked the fuse and its good. what else is there?
ANSWER : Hi, check you have voltage at the pto plug in connector when the mower is running and the pto switch on. If so the pto needs replacing. If not you have a bad contact or broken wire somewhere. Hope this helps, regards Phil.

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