The PTO clutch doesn't click on, it's a new aftermarket unit, which is actually how this thread all started, see the top of the thread. It's morphed into a starter/solenoid issue because now the the starter doesn't engage, the solenoid just clicks. I don't know if these two issues are related, but I don't think they are because the machine started fine the first few times I turned the key after installing the new PTO clutch, then the starter stopped cranking and it just clicked.OK.....so without going through all the posts ...have you listened for the PTO to click on?.....there is another guy @Whirly ...who has had more of these than I have, and knows more about them...kind of hoping he see the thread and jumps in, too.
Can you post a picture of the base of the starter...you say there is a starter assist relay.....I would like to take a lok at how that is wired in.....also want to point out that...that arrangement becomes necessary as a result of oxidation on wire connections...so you could disconnect and wire brush every connection you can lay your eyes on and reconnect them
I removed all the contacts and sprayed them with Deoxit. I also replaced the bad power connection between the solenoid and the starter with 8 gauge (I didn't have time to put on ring connectors, so it's just raw cable right now.) What's got me head-scratching is why there's no power between the solenoid and the starter when the key is turned. According to the tech manual:
1. Connect jumper wire to positive battery terminal
and briefly jump to bare small starter solenoid
engagement terminal (A). All solenoid terminals
should be clean and free of corrosion.
• Starter runs: solenoid is good, check circuit wiring.
• Starter does not run: go to step 2.
2. Connect jumper wire between starter solenoid large
terminals (B and C).
• Starter runs: Replace solenoid.
• Starter does not run: replace starter.
That's where I'm at right now, ready to replace the solenoid. Problem is, they don't make the original OEM one anymore and the 'substitute' costs +$160. So it's either the aftermarket dice-roll or the hack that Taryn guy was talking about above, and I'm leaning toward the latter...
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