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Deere Service Bulletin On Riding Mowers
Milton Webster, Taylor, Texas: “I’m a small engine mechanic, and over the years have noted that the solenoid shift starters on riding mowers sometimes make a ‘clicking’ noise caused by a hot battery. Many people think the clicking noise means the solenoid is failing so they need to buy a new starter. However, I recently found a service bulletin published by John Deere that says otherwise.
“The company makes a relay harness (part number Am107421) that fits on the starter’s hot lead. It results in a hotter spark that boosts the amperage to the starter and causes the solenoid to kick in.
“Solenoid shift starters come standard on many brands of ‘high end’ riding mowers, including the Deere STX38 riding mower. This relay can’t be used on riding mowers equipped with remote solenoids.”

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6