[brlug-general] re [OT] solenoid question - questions resolved
doug_riddle at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 10 01:14:19 CDT 2004
It seems we have more scientist than mechanics on the
list. I haven't worked with solenoid ignitions in
over 20 years, but I sketched the diagram, traced the
wires (God, I hate engineers) and reached my decision
as two physicists wrote me to explain why I the way I
knew was the way it worked, had to work that way. You
guys are no slow coaches.
I used to know small engine backwards and forwards,
but it has been a long, long time since I needed that
knowledge. After a few hours of wire mapping, knuckle
busting, and greasy hands, a mental book slid out of
long-term storage, and the lawn tractor is OK. Or, it
will be come tomorrow. I lost the light, along with
a 7/16 inch bolt, and the energy to finish the job
this evening. I found the bolt, but elected to alter
the body a bit. The battery well is now removable.
There is a nice sized opening to reach into the steel
box that is the rear frame of the trackter. If I
hadn't had to spend the better part of an hour and a
half looking for the stupid nuts and bolts I knocked
off the back of the darn thing I'd have mowed some
If anyone has a deep need to know how the ingnition
solenoid functions, and how it is connected to the
rest of the vehical, write me off-line. I prepared
some text to post and sent it to a couple of people to
proof for logic errors.
A solenoid is a pretty simple device. It is a 12 volt
circuit with three states:
Key on - two (through) posts on & magnet off - One
Key start - two (through) posts on & magnet on - Two
circuits active, one engaging the starter, and one
providing power to the engine.
Key off (or removedZ) - no circuits active. magnet
off. Battery isolated.
Write me off-list for the in=depth version of a basic
small engine ignition system.
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