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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Craftsman lawn tractor with a B&S I/C gold 1405 OHV


QUESTION: When turning the key to start all that happens is that the solenoid clicks. We replaced the solenoid with no change in results.  Used a battery charger overnight to ensure full power.

ANSWER: Did you dis-connect and clean the battery terminals and battery posts with a wirebrush?

I have fixed a lot of clicking just by dis-connecting the cables and cleaning the posts and cable ends.

If you remove the spark plug will the starter spin the engine?

What is the Craftsman model number?  The Craftsman model number is located on a sticker, about the size of a business card, usually under the rear seat or fenders.


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QUESTION: Thank you for your QUICK response! The Craftsman model is 917270531.  Battery terminals are clean and tight.  The starter is not turning, it is not even trying to turn, I don't think it is getting any power.

You have 4 total connections on your starter solenoid; 2 big wires that start at the battery and go to the starter.  2 small wires, one is ground and the other is the connection/pin that receives 12 volts DC when turn the key to start the mower.

With all safety switches in the start position (sitting on seat, blades off, neutral, clutch pushed in) do you have 12 volts DC on one of the small wire connections on the solenoid?


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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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