Exmark Lazer won't start

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Teasip, Jun 7, 2001.

  1. Teasip

    Teasip LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 5

    Exmark Lazer won't start. I bought it used a couple of months ago and it has run great. Went out to start it a few days ago and it won't start. Turn the key and get a click in the back of the engine. The levers are out, the brake is on, I'm sitting in the seat. Replaced the battery but that's not the problem as well. Can pull the PTO out and turn the key and hear another click so I know it's getting juice and contact in the back. Would like to hear from you guys before I wind up spending lots of money on the dealer. Thanks a bunch for your help.
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    While your sitting in the seat turning the key, have someone tap on the start lightly with a hammer. If it frees up and starts, you have a problem with your starter sticking or its shot!

    Another thing you can try is to bypass all the safety switches one at a time, and check the ground wherever there is supposed to be a good one.

    Do you have the shop manual for it? It might have a better troubleshooting guide than I can give you.

    If I had to guess though from what you said, I would say its a starter problem.

    Good Luck, and let us know how it turns out.
  3. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    It sounds like the starter switch. It is located between the starter and the ignition switch (where the key goes).

    I found out mine was bad by simply hooking jumper cables from the battery (which was freshly charged) directly to the starter itself-totally bypassing the switches. Have someone sit in the seat (or a concrete block on the seat), put your key in the "run" position, and make sure the ground cable is connected first. If the starter "clicks" instead of starting the engine then you have a bad starter or starter bendix.

    Let me know how it turns out. :)

    Good Luck fixing it!
  4. tlcgrounds

    tlcgrounds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Your silenoid may be bad!
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Try the hammer and starter... This happened once to me and it did the trick.
  6. Jman

    Jman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    Be VERY cautious with the hammer. If your starter has ceramic magnets in it for the field coils you can shatter them with a hammer and then buy a starter. What engine and what type of starter do you have? Is it a solenoid shift starter (solenoid mounted on the starter like a small block chevy starter)? If it is that style there has to be a minimum of 8 volts to the small terminal of the solenoid, while trying to crank, to fully engage the starter. If voltage at the small terminal is under that all you will get is a click and no crank. If that's the case, you may have safety switches, key switch or faulty connections bbetween any of the mentioned. Good luck.
  7. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Just had the same thing happen on my Scag. It turned out to be a safety switch on the levers. It made the same sounds as yours and I too thought starter to begin with but luckily it was the switch.........lots cheaper.
  8. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 385

    Normally if you can hear it click, it will be the starter solenoid. The click you hear is the solenoid engaging, however the electrical contacts are burned for lots of use. Use a test light and check for power on the solenoid, one should light up with the key in the on postion. Then try the other large terminal while the key is in the start postion if you have power the problem is in the starter(Note: If the solenoid and the starter is all one unit you will only be able to check for main power.) If no power then remove the small wire that goes to the solenoid if it is a spade terminal otherwise touch test light to this terminal. Turn the key to the start position, if you have power then it is the solenoid, if not then the problem is in the safety interlock switches or wiring. Some units also have a relay that can go bad in the safety interlock systems.
    Should have posted in the mechanic and repair forum.
  9. Mid Rivers

    Mid Rivers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    All replies soound legit.

    If they don't work I would sell it to me for a couple thousand and write it off as a bad business exspense:D

    When you find out what it is let us know. I have a Lazer and this information may come in handy.
  10. Teasip

    Teasip LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 5

    suggestions. I'll print this off and try some of the remedies this weekend to narrow it down.

    Mid River -- Be careful what you wish for, I may take you up on your offer!

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