mower problems

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by MudMower350, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    i have a MTD Lwn Machine with a 16.5hp B&S. when i bought it the previous owner tore out all the wiring on it and was gong to replace it but never did. i found a way to wire the the mower to get it to start but i need some help figuring out a way to shut it off. it also has 2 wires that come off the bottom of the bowl on the carb and i would like to know what they are for and if i need them to have the mower running. the motor currently will turn over and will sometimes start up but it will shut off after a second. any ideas???

    Thanks,
    Zach
     
  2. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    well i know pullin the plug wire off will shut er down but i dont feel like getting the **** shocked out of me. and i dont have the old wiring harness or anything. i found a way to wire up the starter to start it up but ther are 2 sets of wires that i dont know where they hook up to or what they do. one set has a grey wire and a black wire and it looks like they are coming from the bottom of the bowl on the carb. the other set has a red wire and a black wire that look like there commin from under the flywheel. im not gonna use it for mowing its just gonna be used to get around my yard and to get firewood.
     
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Zack,


    Does this unit still have the original ignition switch in it ? If so post the model number from the white tag under the seat.
     
  4. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    yea it still has the ignition and i bought a new starter solenoid. the previous owner is obviously and idiot and he peeled the model nmber sticker off...
     
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    OOOK,

    No model number, We'll have to do this the harder way.....

    Look on the back of the ignition switch, There will be letters stamped in the white base. If their not there look stamped on the spade terminal it's self.

    I need these letters which will tell me where each wire needs to go.
     
  6. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    when you say ignition switch are you talking about the key ignition? sorry i dont know all the technical terms for som of the parts.
     
  7. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    stamped in the side of the keystart theres the code 1EB
     
  8. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    He is looking for the letters stamped into the bottom of the switch or on the terminals. There will be 1 letter that corresponds to each terminal.

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  9. MudMower350

    MudMower350 LawnSite Member
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    there isnt any letters like than on mine.
     
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Clean it up real well and look again. Probably stamped into the metal terminals.

    Does the switch say Indak on it? If it does, there will be letters.
     

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