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DMKNLD

7114 starting issue

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DMKNLD

After the recent cold snap in New England my 7114 wouldn't turn over enough to fire. Even though my 51R battery from TSC was new last January ( which was also the manufacture month), I took it to a local auto parts store to do a load test and they said it tested OK at 450 cca. I keep it on a battery maintainer year round when I'm not mowing or snow blowing. There's no visible battery corrosion or loose terminals.

I filed / sand-paper clean all the battery to starter connections, but last night I went to snow blow the first round of our Maine Nor'easter and it turned over enough to fire once, but I over-choked it and then it wouldn't turn over enough to start. I jumped it with the car battery and it fired right up no problems.

Does this sound as if it is likely still a battery issue or is maybe my starter on the way out ? I do still have straight 30 weight oil in it from the summer. I have the 10W-30 in the tractor garage but was too tired at 1 AM to change it out after doing battle with the "Sierra Cement" snow we had! But it was 32 F temp so it wasn't that cold.

Any ideas much appreciated. And Happy Turkey Day everybody!

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DMKNLD

Thanks for the quick reply BLT, and Happy Thanksgiving !

Is the relay "all or nothing" function, or if it's going bad would it cause a voltage drop to the starter ? I guess I should volt meter the DC voltage at the starter vs the battery voltage to see if it's that much different. I know batteries can show adequate voltage but still have a bad cell, but I would think that VIP Autos' battery load test should have identified that.

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Brettw

Those engines also have a compression release. If they have failed, they are tough to turn over, and especially so in the cold. I am not sure how to test for proper function, other than a compression tester.

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quote:Originally posted by DMKNLD

Thanks for the quick reply BLT, and Happy Thanksgiving ! Is the relay "all or nothing" function, or if it's going bad would it cause a voltage drop to the starter ? I guess I should volt meter the DC voltage at the starter vs the battery voltage to see if it's that much different. I know batteries can show adequate voltage but still have a bad cell, but I would think that VIP Autos' battery load test should have identified that.


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id="quote">You can get a quick idea by running a jumper wire from the starter terminal to the battery (+). If the starter functions properly, you either have dirty terminals or a bad relay.

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maxwood

Hello, Back in the old days we would check the battery electrolyte level, and fill it with distilled water to the proper level, or check it with a battery hygrometer. All that charging may have reduced they battery water(electrolyte) level.

Thanks Ken in Mi

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