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Old 03-21-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Workhorse runs intermittently

recently my 99? workhorse (with 350 MCI engine) quits while running, if I keep my foot in the same position it continues to try to start but it won't. If I turn the key on and off or push on the microswitch that controls the solenoid - the solenoid will actuate and the unit will usually start immediately and run again for 10 seconds to 10 minutes then repeat. For awhile the key trick was 100% successful, now it takes 1-3 attempts and the running time is getting shorter. Real hard to get away from dogs like this.

Any ideas? - the ignitor has been replaced, the coil and flywheel sensor have been checked ok, ohms wise.

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Workhorse runs intermittently

Have you checked all your wire connection to make sure they're good?
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Workhorse runs intermittently

I agree with Ruredy, I have a ST-350 that had a similar problem. It would occasionally quit running and after some tinkering it would start up again. I actually found the problem accidentally, one night I noticed a flash coming from the ignitor connection when it wouldn't run. Tightened up the connections and it has run great ever since. My guess you have a bad electrical connection, unfortunately they are sometimes hard to track down.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: Workhorse runs intermittently

I've checked what I can (connections) - when the cart is just running (not moving) and I have the cover off the throttle micro switch - I can get it to the run/ die condition with my hand on foot feed - the solution is always let it continue to crank and flick the microswitch which cycles the solenoid and the unit immediately starts.

When the solenoid or regulator start to go bad will they act like this?

Thx again,
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:31 AM   #5
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So when it dies, if you mess with the micro switch, it'll start working again.
hmmmm, just a thought......maybe it's the micro switch
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:02 AM   #6
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no - the micro switch is fine. If you turn the key off and on or actuate the micro switch the result is the same - the solenoid cycles and the unit starts - then dies a few seconds to several minutes later. When it dies the starter continues to run, it just won't start until you turn the key off and on or actuate the micro switch.
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Sounds like the switch, easy enough to check it with a test light or volt meter. See if it has a constant 12v to the switch and then check to see if the voltage is getting through. The good news is a switch isn't expensive
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:33 AM   #8
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The switch also controls the starter, no?

The starter continues to run - does not stop.

The switch is fairly new.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:27 AM   #9
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You have to figure out whats missing when it won't start. You have to see if you have spark or not so you have a direction to look in so your not guessing. A little diagnostic work will go a long way. My guess is your lacking spark but this has to be verified before any conclusion can be drawn.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:16 PM   #10
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loose wire connection - to the coil - now run like it should. Thanks for the help!
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