Ferris Zero-Turn IS CLICKING, But It Will Not Start!

It typically isn’t hard to get your Ferris going, but today there’s a clicking noise and the engine won’t turn over.

Loose or corroded wiring and cables, a weak or damaged battery, poor ground, a broken beginning solenoid, or a defective starter motor can all cause a Ferris lawn mower to click but refuse to start or turn over.

Make sure you’re taking all the necessary measures as outlined in the Ferris owner’s manual. Before making any fixes, you should disconnect the wire from the spark plug. If you don’t feel confident working on the electrical system, it’s best to have a pro take a look.

Before doing any electrical repairs, remember to first separate the negative (black) connection from the battery.

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5 Explanations Why Your Ferris Mower Isn’t Starting

Broken Ferris Mower Battery Cables, Wiring, and Terminals

The starter may not receive the necessary electricity to turn over the engine if the wires are loose, broken, or rusted.

Verify the integrity of the connections by checking the wiring, cables, and other parts. Locate and eliminate any rust or corrosion from the terminals and wiring.

Any frayed or broken wires or cables should be fixed immediately. A weak battery and inability to start are also symptoms of faulty cables.

To clean the mower, disconnect the battery and take out any corroded parts.

The combination of a wire brush and two cups of water plus three heaping tablespoons of baking soda is effective. Corroded wire should be fixed or replaced.

Protect terminals and wiring against rust by using dielectric grease. When terminals are worn out or broken, replace them.

Ferris Zero Turn Mower with Weak or Dead Battery

If the battery in your Ferris zero-turn isn’t fully charged, your vehicle won’t be able to start. When the battery voltage drops below a certain threshold, it should be charged.

The battery should be replaced if you notice that it is unable to retain a charge.

If the battery can be charged, but then dies again and again, the charging system may need to be examined. Check out the charging setup part down below.

Determine the strength of the battery in a Ferris zero-turn mower.

Connect the red and black leads of the multimeter to the positive and negative terminals on the lawnmower’s battery. The 12 volt battery is the standard for riding mowers and zero-turn mowers.

The range of possible voltage readings is 11.5-2.7. If the voltage reads 11.5V, the battery is nearly dead; if it reads 12.7V, it’s fully charged.

Recharging the battery of a Ferris zero-turn mower

  • Wear protective clothing to shield your eyes and skin from any potential acid or electrical shock.
  • Get close enough to the battery to reach its terminals. To get to the battery or battery case, you may need to unscrew the lawnmower’s body.
  • Keep the battery where it came from, with the terminal connections still connected.
  • A positive sign indicates that the red wire should be connected to the battery’s positive terminal first, followed by the black cable’s negative terminal.
  • You should avoid touching the metal of the clamps or the charging cords with your bare skin.
  • Adjust the charger’s voltage and current to suit your needs. Typically, a lawnmower will have a 12-volt motor. The rate at which a battery is charged is accelerated with increased amperage (Two amps as a starting point, with a maximum of ten amps allowed.).
  • Don’t disconnect the charger until the battery charging gauge indicates it is fully charged.

If the Ferris battery is low, you can recharge it with a battery charger. You should get a new battery if the old one stops holding a charge.

If you have a rechargeable battery that you keep finding dead, it could be a sign that the charging system on your Ferris is malfunctioning. For pricing details, please see the table below.

Bad Terrain for a Ferris Zero Turn Mower

Make that the connection is secure and corrosion-free on the black ground line connecting the battery and Ferris frame.

The solenoid’s ground should also be tested. A solenoid with only three posts grounds itself.

The problem can be fixed by swapping out a faulty ground cable. When checking the battery and starting solenoid grounds for rust, remove any you find.

Ferris Zero Turn Mower Has a Faulty Starter Solenoid

A faulty starter solenoid is probably to blame when your mower won’t stop clicking. Like a light switch, the solenoid can either be on or off. In order to get the engine cranking, you have to activate the starter motor, which is connected to an electromagnet switch.

The solenoids usually control the starter are attached to the starter. They need not be, though, in order to serve their purpose. A solenoid can be located by following the positive battery cable.

Ferris starting solenoids can fail for a variety of causes. It’s possible for the internal spring to lose strength or for the copper plate to corrode. The failure of the starter solenoid might also be caused by a poor ground, a weak starter, or a weak battery.

Check the solenoid that controls the starter. Wrenches, a screwdriver, a continuity lamp, and a volt-ohms meter will all come in handy.

To find out if the solenoid on your lawn mower is broken, use the guide provided. You will need to replace the solenoid if you can kick-start your mower without it.

Ferris Lawnmower Is Unable To Start Due to a Defective Starter Motor

If the battery, cables, cabling, ground, and starter solenoid have all been inspected and found to be in good working order, but the problem persists, the starter may be at fault. It is possible to take off the starter and test it.

The starter on a lawnmower is a critical but often expensive component. Before you go out and replace the starter motor, it’s a good idea to get it checked out by the local dealership to be sure it’s a starter motor problem.

As an alternative, you can take the starter to a service center that deals exclusively with such components. The service center technicians can check the starter and, if necessary, rebuild it.

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The Ferris Battery Drains Due to a Faulty Charging System.

If your Ferris’s charging mechanism isn’t up to snuff, your mower won’t start if the battery is low.

A stator, an internal alternator, can be found in your Ferris zero-turn under the flywheel. The battery is kept charged by the electricity generated when the flywheel rotates over the stator.

To ensure that your charging system is functioning properly, follow the instructions outlined below.

If you notice that your lawnmower is not charging the battery, you should have a professional who is knowledgeable with your charging system check it out and make any required repairs.

It can be challenging to isolate the root cause of charging system problems. You’ll probably just be tossing components at your mower if you don’t know the charging system.

Since electrical components cannot be returned if they are installed incorrectly, this can quickly become costly. A damaged stator or alternator, faulty regulation, or some other electrical issue could be at blame.

Is Your Ferris Lawnmower Still Giving You Trouble?

There will always be issues with lawn mowers, no matter what kind you buy.

To help you out the next time your Ferris lawn mower won’t start, keeps dying, makes a lousy cut, or overheats, I’ve collected a list of frequent issues and solutions.

If you want to save yourself some time in the future when you need to locate or repair your mower, this is the perfect resource to have bookmarked and ready to go. Issues That Typically Arise With Ferris Zero Turn Mowers, and How to Fix Them is where you’ll want to look.