How to test starter on Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ArTurf, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
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    The engine has been turning over slowly and this morning it will not turn over at all. Replaced the battery thinking it was bad but not the case. Checked to see if sufficient voltage was going to through the solenoid to the starter and it is 12+ volts. So I am guessing it is the starter, but before I replace it I would like to be as sure as possible that is it. Is there an electrical test I can perform on the starter to be sure such as an ohm reading?
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Take the starter to an auto parts store. Autozone has a good bench tester that will tell you if its drawing too many amps.
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  3. laman

    laman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Load test battery. I had one that done the same thing. It showed 12 volts but failed load test,
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Parts store can do that too.
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  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Clean up the connections too. Also try and jump start it from the solenoid and see if it sounds the same way. Battery could still be going bad.
  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If the battery is good...jump across the large terminals on the solenoid...
    If it doesn't spin over good...its bad...
    Your mower is one of the best starter checkers there is...
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