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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Solenoid clicks, engine doesn’t turn over

I have a 2 year old Cub Cadet with a 22hp Kohler engine. Out of the blue, the mower wouldn’t start. Solenoid clicks when I turn the key, battery voltage is good however there’s only 4 or 5 volts getting to the starter. I assume this is too low to crank the engine. Any suggestions or advice? Solenoid? Wiring? The flywheel is also rusty, i took off the engine cover off and the flywheel seems to be stuck as well. I’m hoping it’s not a seized engine.
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I would pull the starter and see how well it turns and engages. Sounds like a starter problem to me.

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Pull both spark plugs and squirt some WD40 or your choice of fogging oil liberally into each. Then wait a half hour, take a socket wrench on the flywheel nut and try to turn it. It may take a lot of torque if it's seized. If/when it's free, turn it over with the wrench until it's turning smoothly, then put the plugs back in and give it a try. If you hear bad clanking noises when turning it, STOP. Time to disassemble and look for carnage.
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... battery voltage is good however there’s only 4 or 5 volts getting to the starter. ..

Sounds like wiring or solenoid issue to me. Check your voltage on the input side of the solenoid. If it 12V but much less on the output side to starter when engaged it could be bad solenoid. Could be just battery cable terminal corrosion too. Make sure your battery ground connection is good also.

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