my turn for the loose magnet trick. Mine's a KT19 on an Ariens. Only 2 came loose out of 6. I took the flywheel off and 2 were stuck to the stator. I assume they would have had to have been dragging themselves on the stator as I drove the tractor into the garage before I pulled the engine.
I have tried to ID polarity and am confused; I thought that "opposites attract" but no matter which way I position them, they stick together, they do not repel no matter which ends I place together. I have tried both loose magnets with each other and with the other ones still stuck within the flywheel. So does that mean it won't matter?
The problem I had with mine not charging and blowing the fuse for the PTO and lights started right after I dropped a fuel pump bolt down between the flywheel and block. I expected to find that screw down in there bridging the stator somewhere but it must have evaporated somehow.... I never have found that errant screw.
Would that screw (1/4-20 machine screw) have caused the magnets to come off? (I am thinking so)
and, would the magnets being stuck to the stator be my short or is the stator itself fried ???? (meaning that the detached magnets and dropped screw would be circumstantial and not relevant to the problem?