I've got an old, and up until now, dependable Honda HT-R 3009 riding lawnmower. My cousin couldn't get it to work so my dad and I took it to a local guy and he did a bit of work on it and got it working. He said the problem was with the starter; he said the solenoid had some gunk in it; he cleaned it out and it started right up.
I'm now afraid that my starter is acting up again. I just did my pre- season maintenace on my lawnmower and lo-and behold it won't start. It turned over a few times when I first turned the key but it was very rough and I don't remember it sounding quite that way before. After a few more tries the starter wouldn't even fire up when I turned the key. I checked the battery and it seems to be doing fine; I'm afraid that the starter is acting up again.
The only problem was that I coudl only find one place on the web that sells a starter for this mower, and its $329. However, on the same webpage they had a "Starter Soleniod" for $55.20. I guess I'm confused as to the difference between the "motor" and the "solenoid".
Does it sound like it could be starter and does anyone know where I could get a starter motor for cheaper or would I just need to replace the solenoid?
Here's the link for the website: http://www.planopower.com/store/honda/ht-r3009.shtml