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post #16 of 21 Old 03-29-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Have a feeling I have to drain fluids I just filled and pull the motor. Then I can get to everything without cuttin knuckles. I don’t have anything into it outside of some fluids and a 1
$15 solenoid
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-30-2019, 07:22 AM
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Re: Really nice 3813 wont crank

Do you have power to the battery side of the solenoid? If so, all you need to do is take a pc of wire (house wire ok), jump from battery side of solenoid to small terminal on solenoid. Otherwise, as big a wire you can get jump from one large post on the solenoid to the other large terminal. As others said, you will get sparks and immediate results if starter/solenoid is good. This bypasses every safety, etc.

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The story does seem similar to mine. I will pull the motor and rebuild the starter. I really enjoy getting thing running that other people give up on but this one is a bit unusual. Keeping fingers crosssed that not much else is wrong, to your point on finding parts
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Re: Really nice 3813 wont crank

I was pretty surprised about the tractor being somewhat of an "orphan",it is unlike Honda to have such a thing,normally their reputation for autos,motorcycles and other lawn & garden equipment ranks among the best money can buy..but that particular tractor for some reason seemed to be a one off version ,that once it was beyond a certain age,all support & parts for it seemed to vanish..

I have seen two others like yours since the one I mentioned my friend had--both were in pristine looking condition ,I guess because once they had something go bad,they couldn't find the parts or anyone who knew how to work on them ?..

Hope you have good luck and can get it going...what I have done in the past when I need to jump a starter and my cable clamps are too big to fit where they need to go,is clamp a long bolt or spike in the clamp's jaws and touch that to the starter where the battery cable attaches --avoid touching the stud itself because the threads can get arced and ruined and make removing the nut holding the battery cable on impossible to remove,it'll want to strip or break off ..

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This is another possibility. You mentioned you couldn't turn the fan, is the mower belt attached? The PTO will rust seize together if unused for long period (especially if left outside). The load on the starter is too much because it's turning the mower pulleys too. Try taking belt off the PTO pulley and see if you can get it the engine to turn over. Not sure if this is it but worth checking out.
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post #21 of 21 Old 04-03-2019, 12:36 PM
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Re: Really nice 3813 wont crank

Most parts are available here....
Honda stopped manufacturing these near 30 yrs. ago so some parts are no longer available.
I have 2 3813 and wouldn't trade them for anything other than another Honda.
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