Fixing A Non-starting Cub Cadet Lawnmower!

The key in the ignition is turned, all you listen is click all over again. Continue reading to learn about the components to look for in order to identify the issue and start the mower.

When battery life is low, the connections and wiring are lost or rusted, the ground wire is defective, the solenoid is broken, or the crankshaft fails, the Cub Cadet lawn mower will not start and will just click.

Reminder: Always detach the black, negative battery cable before performing any electrical repairs. Follow all of the safety precautions stated in the operator’s manual for your Cub Cadet.

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Why Does Your Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Click But Won’t Start or Turn Over?

Broken or lose Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Battery Cables, Wiring, and Terminals

Confirm that the cables and cabling connecting the battery to the solenoid and the solenoid to the starter are attached securely, in good shape, and not rusted.

Inspect the terminals to ensure they are free of corrosion and in good working order. These parts must have good conductivity and connectivity.

SOLUTION: If there is corrosion on the wires, it needs to be tidied off for the best connection. Substitute any wires or cables that keep breaking or coming loose. Batteries and cars that won’t start can be caused by bad cables.

Remove any rust from the terminals. Take the batteries out of the mower and tidy up the connections. Tidying supplies that work well include a wire brush and a solution of 2 cups water and 3 heaping tablespoons of baking soda. Wiring that has corroded should be fixed or substituted.

To prevent terminals and wiring against corrosion, apply a dielectric grease. When terminals are broken or in poor condition, they must be substituted.

The Cub Cadet Lawn Mower has a bad or weak battery.

A weak battery will not offer enough power to switch on and start your lawn mower. Check the volt level and, if necessary, use a trickle charger. When the battery no longer holds a charge, it’s time to substitute it.

When a charged battery still dies unexpectedly, it’s possible that the charging infrastructure has to be checked. To learn more about charging infrastructures, see the section that follows the main text.

Check the battery volt of a Cub Cadet lawn mower.

You may test the lawnmower’s battery by connecting the black and red probes of a multimeter to the positive and negative terminals, respectively. The batteries used in riding mowers and zero-turn mowers usually have12 volts.

A voltage of 11.5 to 12.7 is possible. A measurement of 11.5V indicates an almost dead battery, whereas a reading of 12.7V shows a fully charged battery.

Charge the battery on a Cub Cadet lawn mower

  • Wear goggles and gloves to safeguard your skin and eyes from acid and electrical shock.
  • Locate and access the battery’s terminals. The lawnmower’s body may need to be disassembled with a screwdriver in order to get to the battery or battery case.
  • The battery should remain in its case with the terminals attached.
  • To begin charging, plug in the red cord (sign of positive). The positive battery terminal should be connected with the red cable clamp, while the negative terminal should be connected with the black cable clamp.
  • Make sure the rubber covering on the charging cords and clamps is the only part that touches your skin.
  • Adjust the charger’s voltage and current to the specified values. Standard voltage for a lawn mower is 12 volts. A higher amperage rate results in a faster battery charging (Two amps is a good place to start, and you shouldn’t go any higher than ten)
  • If your charger includes a battery charging gauge, leave it plugged in until the batteries reach the maximum capacity indicated.

FIX: Charge it when the battery is low. If you discover that the battery is no longer holding a charge, it is time to substitute it.

A battery that can be charged but is constantly dead may suggest a issue with the mower’s charging system.

The Cub Cadet Lawn Mower has poor ground.

Check the black ground cable that connects the battery to the Cub Cadet frame to ensure it is in good working order and free of corrosion.

You should also inspect the ground from the solenoid. A three-pole solenoid is self-grounding.

FIX: Repair or substitute a faulty ground cable. Get rid of any corrosion that is found on the battery’s and starter solenoid’s grounds.

Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Starter Solenoid Failure

A faulty solenoid in your mower’s starter system is probably at blame when it refuses to stop clicking. Just like a light switch, the solenoid can be turned on and off. Activating the magnetic switch causes the starter motor to begin spinning, allowing the engine to start.

The majority of starter solenoids are attached to the starter. They do not have to be, though, in order to function. To locate the solenoid, follow the positive line from the battery.

A Cub Cadet starter solenoid might fail for a variety of reasons. The internal spring may become brittle, or the copper plate may corrode. A faulty ground, a weak starting, or a damaged battery can all cause the beginning solenoid to fail.

FIX: Check the starter solenoid. A volt-ohms meter, screwdriver, continuity lamp, and wrenches are required.

Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Starter Motor Failure

If you’ve tested the cables, battery, ground, wiring, and starter solenoid and found them to be in good working order, but you still have a starting difficulty, your starter could be the culprit. The starter may be taken apart and tested.

FIX: A lawn mower starter can be an expensive device. I recommend that you have your local dealership confirm that you have a starting motor issue before replacing it.

You can also take the starting to a local mechanic that specializes in starter and alternator repairs. The repair shop workers can test the starter and, if necessary, rebuild it.

The Battery Drains Due to a Faulty System of Charging on the Lawnmower

A faulty charging mechanism on a Cub Cadet will not keep your battery charged, resulting in a weak battery that will not start your mower. Depending on the size of your lawn mower, it may include an external alternator similar to those seen in automobiles.

One could be situated inside under the flywheel. An inbuilt alternator is found in the majority of lawn mowers.

Using a volt-ohms meter, follow the steps outlined here to test the charging mechanism.

If the battery in your lawnmower stops being charged, you should get it checked out by a mechanic who is experienced with your charging system. It can be challenging to pin down the root of a system of charging issue.

If you are unfamiliar with the charging mechanism, you will most likely end up tossing parts at your mower.

This can quickly add up, especially since you can’t return an electrical item for those who make a mistake. You could have a bad stator/alternator, a faulty regulator, or another electrical issue.

Having Issues with Your Cub Cadet Snowblower?

Long-term use of a snow blower, you’ll encounter many issues. You may encounter issues such as the machine not starting, dying or the auger not moving.

If you run across an issue that you are not comfortable addressing, call your local Cub Cadet dealer for assistance.

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