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Re: White MTD LT-165 Won't start
If you jump with a wire across the large solenoid posts, the starter should turn.
There is +12v on the starter solenoid at all times. The relays ground the solenoid to engage it.
The wiring diagram is quite complicated. The ground for the starter solenoid floats from the frame ground. There are safety switches and relays that need to work to engage the starter solenoid. One of the relays may be loose or bad. The safety switches power the relays so there may be a loose connection or bad switch.
Diagrams are for 1998 and 1997. The 98 uses just safety switches and the 97 uses switches and relays.
3 Late Model MTD 990s - (2 1980 Farm Kings and 1981 Wizard), 1978 Farm King, 1973 Farm King, 1973 Farm King for parts. Craftsman DTY4000, DLT2000.
Implements: Restored Sears FEL not mounted yet, Haban 42" snow blower, 3-PT Carry All, 3-PT Winch Boom, 50" Mower Deck, 50" Rear Blade, 2 - 54" Front Blades, 4500w Generator, MTD 990 Rear Tiller.
8hp MTD Snow Blower, 2004 Honda VTX1300 Motorcycle.
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