New Holland riding mower won't start

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Tandrew, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Tandrew

    Tandrew LawnSite Member
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    I just recently bought a house and the riding lawn mower was left as part of the deal. I was using it last week when I started having problems with it. The first thing it did was that after it was started, it would shut off when I took my foot off of the brake. Now I can't get it to start at all. When I go to turn the key, I can hear it click over as if it is trying to start, but the engine does not even turn over. I have worked on some other mower's in the past, but I don't have any info at all on this one and I am not sure where to begin. Anyone got any suggestions.
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like you have two problems first a safety switch on the brake may be acting up and the click with no starter spin sounds like the solenoid.
     
  3. Tandrew

    Tandrew LawnSite Member
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    Could the safety switch from the brake be the whole cause or do you think the solenoid is a problem too? Just trying to figure out where in the circuit the safety might be engaging.
     
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry, I was out of lunch time when I posted. I'm not familiar with New Holland, But the first thing to check is battery cables and solenoid connections for corrosion or looseness. Some units wont even turn over unless a brake or clutch pedal is pushed. Most safety switches are located near the pedal or linkage so they can be activated. It sounds like a safety switch problem due to you saying it shut down when you released the brake. Now the click sounds like the solenoid as mentioned before so that is where I would start checking and testing for voltage after checking connections.
    What engine is on this unit ? Model and spec. numbers....
     

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