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So I pulled my 1254-01 apart a couple weeks ago to replace a locked up steering column. I put it back together, and now it won't crank. It did before I took it apart.

Anyways, I checked it out, and it does crank when I jump the solenoid. It also has 12 volts going down to the red wire when I turn the ignition to start. I'm planning on picking up a solenoid tomorrow, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything before I do that, it just seems weird that the solenoid would fail in the 2 weeks it was just taken apart.

Also, this is the diagram I downloaded from the tube frame repair manual I found in the downloads section. I only have 2 yellow wires coming from the ignition switch, not 3 like the diagram shows. Also, one of the yellow wires is disconnected and not going to anything. I do have the yellow wire going from the regulator to the switch (the one I drew). Should the other wire be connected to the ammeter or the light switch? 1254 wiring.jpg
 

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Jim getting 12 volts at the relay on the red wire. The fuse going to the blue-yellow wire I dis not check. What does that wire do?

Also, does the relay ground through the frame? I don't see a ground wire for the windings inside the solenoid.
 

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The only thing that comes to mind is that the solenoid needs to be attached to a good ground for it to work. I noticed that it uses a one wire solenoid so the solenoid needs to have a ground to make it click. Also if you don't hear a click then it is certainly a ground issue because you have 12 volts to the post to activate it.
 

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The only thing that comes to mind is that the solenoid needs to be attached to a good ground for it to work. I noticed that it uses a one wire solenoid so the solenoid needs to have a ground to make it click. Also if you don't hear a click then it is certainly a ground issue because you have 12 volts to the post to activate it.
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Bolens used two different styles of solenoids on the tube-frames.

One style required the small terminal to be connected to 12v + to energize the solenoid. ....This style of solenoid is grounded through the case (foot) of the solenoid. .....It does not matter which sides of the solenoid the battery and starter cables are connected.

The other style required the small terminal to be connected to GROUND to energize the solenoid. ....This solenoid's coil gets its 12v positive internally from the large terminal marked "BAT". ....The POSITIVE cable from the battery must be connected to the "BAT" terminal of the solenoid.

I suspect you have your solenoid connected incorrectly. .....There are instructions in the link below to identify and test your solenoid.

http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/files/file/2738-bolens-starter-solenoid-identification/
 

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Thanks for the help guys. I pulled the solenoid off, knocked off the rust where the solenoid mounts, and it starts right up now.
 
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