Kawasaki starter delay

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawnspecialties, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    My SuperZ's Kawasaki has about 630 hours. Lately, it has developed a delay when starting cold. The longer it has been sitting between uses or the colder the outside temp. is, the longer the delay. This is not a long delay (one to two seconds), but it is something that has never been an issue until just recently. I'd like to solve this before it becomes a bigger problem out in the field. The battery connections are clean although I haven't tested it.

    By the way, when I say "a delay", I'm speaking of the time between when I turn the key and when the starter engages. Thanks.
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I'm not familiar with the SuperZ's but it sounds like it may have a starter relay that may be on the way out.

    Just a thought and something to check into and get the "0" replies gone....
  3. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Search the Hustler thread and you'll find you answer. I believe that Hustler will fix that problem for free if it's still under warranty...and maybe even still if it's not.
  4. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    I dunno about your particular mower, but I do know that Bobcats have some type of "black box" in them. I really am not sure about the circuitry inside but it some how causes a delay in cranking and also a delay for the operator presense system. This is on top of the normal relays.

    Some of these mowers get a little overly elaborate on their wiring. I dunno if someone holds pattens on certain harness designs or what because it seems everyone is just different enough that I end up staring at the diagram for a couple minutes just to see whats going on...LOL
  5. ducky1

    ducky1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    If the engine tries to crank and stops and then goes ahead and crank, Try adjusting the valves and make sure the clearance is right. Made a big difference on ours.
  6. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    willing to bet it's the keyswitch module - about $15.
  7. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,844

    It's a common electrical problem with Super Z's. There is a wiring harness (pig tail) by Hustler that is supposed to fix this problem. If it doesn't work run a direct wire from the key switch to the starter.

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