Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/honda 20hp ride-on


I just put a new battery in my Dixon ride-on because it was only giving a clicking sound when i tried to start it. It starts now and then but usually just clicks away. I have cleaned the connection,earths etc. What could it be? Bill.

Did you dis-connect the battery cables and clean the battery terminal posts and battery cable ends with a wire brush?

Search Google for "How to measure voltage drop" or "Voltage drop testing" and check the voltage drop across each each cable to make sure the battery cables are good.

Good You Tube video below.

Measure the voltage of the positive cable from the battery to solenoid and solenoid to starter as well as the the ground.


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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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