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#1 cfd46 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 07:49 AM

Having problems starting my ac 608lt.
It does start sometimes battery is new its at 12.6
Volts theres juice going to the solinold and
Starter. In ordet to start it i have to jump start
It via solinold could it be bad?

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 08:26 AM

:wave: cfd46 Welcome to GTTalk! When you say "jump start", do you mean the screwdriver across the high current terminals of the solenoid, or are you jumping the coil side? If your jumping the coil side, it could be your key switch. If it starts sometimes, it could be a bad connection or a wire that's going bad. It could even still be the key switch or a sketchy ground connection. Sorry to not be more concise, but electrical gremlins, especially intermittent ones, can be a bear to nail down. If you could provide some more details, we may be able to help you narrow it some more.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 09:15 AM

As said above, make sure you have a good ground (engine chassis) connection back to the battery - terminal. Many times this gets ignored or taken for granted but it can cause you all kinds of grief if it's not a really good low resistance connection.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 09:44 AM

having issues as well in my Sears. i have 2 batteries that i know are both good. i actually jump start the battery off my car & the tractor starts rght up. i shut it off & no start again. im thnkn i may be wrong & the batteries may both be shot :-(

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 03:19 PM

:wave: cfd46 Welcome to GTTalk! When you say "jump start", do you mean the screwdriver across the high current terminals of the solenoid, or are you jumping the coil side? If your jumping the coil side, it could be your key switch. If it starts sometimes, it could be a bad connection or a wire that's going bad. It could even still be the key switch or a sketchy ground connection. Sorry to not be more concise, but electrical gremlins, especially intermittent ones, can be a bear to nail down. If you could provide some more details, we may be able to help you narrow it some more.


Caseguy is on the right track here. Another thought would be safety switches in the circuit.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 05:58 PM

having issues as well in my Sears. i have 2 batteries that i know are both good. i actually jump start the battery off my car & the tractor starts rght up. i shut it off & no start again. im thnkn i may be wrong & the batteries may both be shot :-(


If you have a volt meter, put it on the battery & try to start. Probably see 12+ volts drop to 3 - volts. If so, you have a bad cell in the battery and no amount of messing with it will fix it.
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Posted December 19, 2011 - 06:37 PM

My Craftsman had that type of trouble. Turned out the Battery Terminal on the back of the key switch had corroded in half.
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Posted December 19, 2011 - 07:50 PM

Yep, that could do it too... just not show the voltage drop.




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