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Make sure the battery is fully charged – put it on a charger overnight then try again. If battery is good, suspect the battery connections or cables. Take off the battery leads — negative first – and clean the terminals and connectors with a wire brush and some baking soda in water. Check that the black lead has a solid connection to the chassis at the end away from the battery; check that the red lead is solidly connected at the solenoid end. Also make sure neither cable is frayed or partially broken. Good luck! Please rate my solution if helpful.

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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.
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.
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.
Usually a rapid clicking noise is a good indication that your starter motor isn`t getting enough electrical current to engage – basically your solenoid is trying to engage but can`t make the connection.
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.
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.
If you hear or feel the relay click, the relay and its wiring aren`t the problem. But if it`s not clicking, the problem could be in the relay itself or in the wiring.
A single loud click when starting (even after trying to jump-start your battery) is usually caused by a faulty starter motor, starter relay/solenoid or other electrical problem.
If your starter relay has gone bad, the electrical signal will never make it from the battery to the starter motor. As a result, your engine won`t turn over – no matter how many times you turn the key. A faulty relay often produces an audible clicking sound when you turn your car.
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. If the starter motor does not run, the motor itself is probably defective.
The symptoms that indicate a bad solenoid on a riding mower are difficulty starting the engine, engine stalls or shuts off suddenly, reduced engine power and performance. Moreover, it would also go through a decrease in fuel efficiency, and an unsteadiness in idling, lastly, the engine cranks but doesn`t start.

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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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Hi i having a problem starting my mower it a Craftsman LT2000 18.5 Intek OHV Briggs & St i removed the battery and starter and had them both check both are…
ANSWER : Turnes over slow for 2 or 3 turnes then quick and maybe a start or goes bact to compression on engine

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Lawn mower will not start, battery not dead lights come on. Mower has been working, when turning the key I hear a click in the motor compartment…just one click each time I try to turn the engine over.
ANSWER : Sounds like either a flat battery or a loose/dirty battery cable connection. Fully charge the battery. Check the terminals on the battery, the starter solenoid, the starter motor and the battery to earth connection. There may also be an engine to chassis earth connection, check that’s clean and tight too.

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Doesn't start. solenoid clicks – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : 1. ( bad solenoid)2. bad cable from solenoid to starter3. connections are loose4. bad starter

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Zts 7500 cranks but wont start,dont have a spark,have a new plug
ANSWER : Sounds like your coil is bad. Fortunately they are fairly cheap and fairly easy to install. I would replace the coil.

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I have a craftsman 25 hp 42 deck with brigs engine. When I turn the key somtimes it turns over very slow and most times turns over very fast. I have rplaced the battery and still the same issue. Could it be starter problems,or coil problems?
ANSWER : Apply a little oil under starter bendix gear and see if that helps.

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Engine runs, blades turn but mower will not move
ANSWER : Look in front of back tired on frame, not deck, there are. 2 rods, 1 on each side, rods look like a L, it’s going through a little eye opening, push it backards, mower should move. If rod is pulled through opening and locked in, mower will not move..its a safety. Feather on mower

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Craftsman riding mower lt-1000 leaks gas – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : Need to fix that. it may be a fire hazard.

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