18 HP Kohler on Sears mower, solinold clicking

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GTA, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. GTA

    GTA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    That's right. Has a hot battery, everything is tight, starter is good. When the key is turnered nothing but rapid clicking comes from the solinold. Whats wrong?

    By the way it's a 917 model with the 18 horse twin Kohler Magnum engine.

  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    have the battery load tested. Just because it has 12 volts that doesnt mean it will handle the load. Load test battery, clean and tighten all connections on battery and starter. try it again. If it still clicks rapidly, remove the starter and take it to a starter repair shop and let them have a look at it.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Check the battery ground where it makes contact with the frame
  4. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Also had a kolher that did that on a giant vac the ground was not good the motor broke lose so I went and bought another cable to ground in another place also.
  5. mudpie

    mudpie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    usually if it`s just clicking it is a bad solinold. dirty battery cables. or bad ground on solinold.
  6. taylob

    taylob LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 14

    You might want to check the voltage to the flag terminal on the starter solenoid. It should be no less than 7.5 volts. Check this both with key on and cranking to see if there is too much load. Load testing the battery is good. Need to make sure you have good voltage first. It could be a sears issue with a relay. They use them instead of fuses now.

    BODIDDLY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    im having the same problem.bought new key switch and starter.should i buy a relay kit..

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