How to troubleshoot and replace the starter solenoid on an MTD and other lawn tractors



This video offers useful tips in troubleshooting and replacing the starter solenoid on a lawn tractor. Once the starter has been cleared, the solenoid is the next likely culprit. This video may also apply to other major brands of lawn tractors, such as John Deere, Cab Cadet and Toro.

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5 thoughts on “How to troubleshoot and replace the starter solenoid on an MTD and other lawn tractors

  1. my toro mower starts, but has weird symptoms…takes up to three seconds for it to crank after turning key…or struggles to turn the starter at all until i turn the key back and forth up to three times before it cranks. the battery is brand new and in perfect charge and load tested. can anyone suggest what i should check or replace? thanks!

  2. I can't get to the solenoid on my troy bilt bronco…what do I need to remove to make it easier to get to…it is under the seat and battery and off a little to the side mounted on to the back of the frame….it is nearly impossible to reach…

  3. That is the location of the starter solenoid on my Craftsman mower, but my John Deere have one in a different location on my zero turn mower (under the driver's seat next to the battery). I purchased a starter to install, but decided to check the solenoid also and found that it worked when I bypassed it. When I did this mower started perfectly so I held off on replacing the starter, and will check the solenoid again before replacing it or the starter. Thanks for sharing this video, and I hope you are having a nice weekend.

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