Craftsman LT1000 mower starting problems


I have a problem with my LT1000 not starting, when i say not starting, i mean no clicking whatsoever, prior to my current condition, the mower would click, click, click, then turn over to start, the starter didnt sound like it lagged, it just sounded like the power to the starter wasnt connecting good. the starter would turn over maybe just a little, then i'd have to click click click until it turned over again. but now it wont click at all. another note is: the last few times i got it to start, i had to fully depress the clutch instead of having it in the locked position. this is what ive done so far to check the cause. First i read the voltage coming from the solenoid to the starter when i turned the key, it read zero. i then read the voltage coming from the battery ( 2 year old battery, still full of water, has never been run down), it read a little over 12v, i then hooked the battery up to a charger (not the best charger, kinda old) and the meter only showed to be pulling 2~3 volts and was slowly reaching zero, so i assumed that the battery was good. Ive confirmed that i have 12v coming in to the battery terminal on the solenoid, upon turning the key to start, i have confirmed that i do not have 12v leaving the solenoid via starter cable. sooooo i then checked the hot wire that leads off the + battery terminal on the solenoid, it makes a stop at a 20a fuse (which is good), it then stops at the dc meter (which doesnt register the amps, but does have a charge on the + paddle connector), and finally makes a stop at the ignition switch. I then checked the two paddle terminals (one single white wire, and the other is a double black wire) on the solenoid for current when i turn the key to start, when i turn the key to start, i get 5 or 6 volts on each paddle connector, but when i reconnect them and read the battery terminal upon turning the key, i get nothing, so that lead me to believe that the solenoid was out, so i replaced it. well i hooked it up and i get the same results, so now i assume that my method of testing is all wrong to begin with. and now im lost like an easter egg. im at work now, but when i get home im gonna try and jump all the saftey switches at once, to see if one or more is out. cause if the clutch switch is out, will i be getting partial? or no voltage on the white and double black wires connecting to the solenoid? if ive left anything out please let me know, sorry this is the first time ive posted a question about small engines, im by no means a mechanic at all. but i do have a small supply of common sense, but it seems im out of that too. model number is 310707, type 0137-E1. OHV 17hp.
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If I understand you correctly, you've been having difficulties for some time with starting. I fear that you know very little about basic electricity so I'm very uncomfortable making any plan based on your measurements. Ok, let's clean the battery terminals and the battery cable clamps. Auto stores sell a cheap brush for this purpose or you can use sand paper. Get them nice and shiny. How do the cable clamps look? Everything clean and tight? Now let's head to the solenoid. Take the wire and cables off and clean the solenoid connectors and the cables. Put the cables and wire back on. Find the cable at the starter. Take it off, do the cleaning thing, and put it back on. Note here that your battery is still disconnected. Great let's get the car and some jumper cables. Attach the + on the car battery to the + cable of the mower. Attach the - on the car battery to the - cable of the mower. Start your car. You now have plenty of juice so try to start your mower. Remember to disconnect the - cables first and then the + cables. Finally attach the + mower cable to the + battery terminal and then the - connections. Hopefully this will get you going. If this doesn't get you going things to suspect are bad cables, bad solenoid, or bad starter. If the mower starts but won't in a week then the battery is losing charge.
Dave M.
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