carb solenoid question

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by rbig, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. rbig

    rbig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Got a failed carb solenoid. I'm told they only serve to prevent backfires.

    Can I run with the pin not fully in place? Someone said "just cut the pin". This would make it not work.

    Will it work this way???
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    The engine will run with the pin cut off......
  3. kayeproperties

    kayeproperties LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I cut the pin off and havent had a problem since. This is on a 25 hp Kohler

    TOOMUCHWALKING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Is it the same on a 23 Kawasaki ? Where is this pin ?
  5. LawnVet

    LawnVet LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Messages: 220

    I've cut mine also on a 15.5 B&S and haven't had any problems. Just remove the bottom sleeve from the solenoid (carefully because you will need to put the sleeve back on, at least I did). You probably have to pry the metal back to get it out. The pin is obvious at this point, just cut the tip and put it back together, minus the electrical. Hope this helps.
  6. cmitcham

    cmitcham LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    i had mine off ready to cut the pin when i noticed that a 1/4" pipe thread plug will fit/seal the hole. my solenoid still works with 12 volts applied, so now when i get around to figuring out why it isn't getting power (neither is the temp sensor gauge), i can re-install it.
  7. rbig

    rbig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Good to know about the 1/4 pipe plug being a fit.

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