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18 HP Kohler on Sears mower, solinold clicking


LawnSite Member
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.



LawnSite Senior Member
Parkton NC
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.

Green Care

LawnSite Senior Member
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.


LawnSite Member
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.


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