Starter Solenoid on Walker

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Turf Dawg, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm getting tired of starting my Walker with a screwdriver. Has anyone replaced the solenoid on a Walker before? My arms are to big to get to the starter bolts with the motor in place. Is it hard to pull the engine out of these? It does not look to be all that bad, but I may see what the dealer will charge me and go from there. Come to think of it the last Kohler I had the solenoid went out on it about 800 hrs also:dizzy::cry:
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Isn't the solenoid apart from the starter?
     
  3. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    It is mounted on top of the starter. The ones I have changed needed some wiggle room to remove it once you get those male torx screws out. Kind of like a Chevy starter.
     
  4. Triple D

    Triple D LawnSite Member
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    This is not a hard job at all. You can do one in about 1/2 hour. Take your motor loose from the mounts under the machine and move your motor a little and BAM. It isi just about that easy.
     
  5. Impressions Landscaping

    Impressions Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I pulled my whole motor out in about fifteen mins. Just take off all the belts (pretty simple, there all on tensioner pulleys you can hold back with your hands. Then take off the fuel line, unbolt the exhaust manifold and take out the four bolts on the bottom of the motor and the two on the left side and you can lift it right out. It also gives you a chance to clean the grass build up on all the fins of the motor and the bottom of the frame where you can't normally reach.
     
  6. VegetiveSteam

    VegetiveSteam LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are you touching with your screwdriver to make it crank?
     
  7. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
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    Ive never done a walker one but there is no way to get to it with extensions and swivels?
     
  8. ericg

    ericg LawnSite Silver Member
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    Procut, by the time you attempt to snake sockets, swivel joints and long extensions attempting to get at a starter on a Walker, there is no guarantee that you will get the starter out because everything is so tight. Its easier to either pull the grass blower which I prefer or loosen the engine bolts and tip it out of the way. Walkers are not maintenance friendly machines but as far as I am concerned, they are the best cutting machines around.

    Eric
     
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    The large post that has the battery cable and the small post that has the key switch wire on it, [on the solenoid]. Be sure to turn the key to the own position if you want it to stay running.
     
  10. VegetiveSteam

    VegetiveSteam LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok good. Doing it like that you have just saved yourself the need to change the solenoid. You've just proved there isn't anything wrong with the solenoid or the starter. You're not getting power to the small terminal for some reason. When you jump across it the way you are you are still using the solenoid just as if it were getting voltage from the key switch only your screwdriver is taking the place of the key switch. All you are doing is bypassing the key switch. If the solenoid was bad you would have to jump from the post where the battery cable connects to the post where the wire goes directly into the starter to get it to crank. Put a volt meter on the small terminal and try to crank the engine with the key. See what kind of voltage you're getting.
     

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