Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Riding Mower won't start


I have a Scotts Riding Mower made by John Deere Model S1742 made 2000.  Briggs and Sratton Engine Model #311777 type 0143-E1 code 000306ZE. I have a couple of questions.  When i try to start it the Solenoid on the carburetor just makes a clicking sound.  When i asked the guy at the repair shop he said to cut it off.  Not sure if that will work.  I have replaced the Starter and all cables, new battery, new needle in carburetor.  I know for a fact it is not the spark plug or seat safety.  I did find a wire coming from the relay that has a 15 amp fuse that is not plugged into anything, and i can't find were to plug in (not sure if it has to plugged into anything).  The parts list calls it a Harness kit with a clip and 15 amp fuse (fuse looks good).  If anyone can please help me i would be very thankful.

Will the electric starter spin the engine when you try to start the mower?

The click you here should be the anti-afterfire solenoid working.  Have you removed the solenoid and watched it work when you turn the key to the start position?  It may have to be grounded if there is only one wire connected to the solenoid.  The solenoid plunger should retract, go in a little, when it is energized.  When you should the key off the plunger should extend.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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