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20 hp Onan on Craftsman Indy500 ran perfectly until it was turned off. Went to restart...nothing. Light on panel came on a few times. Will crank only by jumping across terminals on solenoid and crank without hesitation. Apparently there is no fire and as such thinking it's an ignition oriented safety switch.

I'm thinking one of the safety switches is acting up.

One under seat seems to be working.

Anyone know where switches are located in the firing circuit?

The deck PTO is disengaged.

30 amp fuse is good.

This is the one used as my avatar.
 

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No, I have never heard of such a tool. Hoping it's not the switch. Have replaced it 2 times in past year.
Spark testers come in a few different forms, the one I stock is this one below,

https://bolenspartsandsupplies.com/wisconsin-engine-parts/ignition-spark-tester-led-lights-tests-for-weak-faulty-ignition-systems/

Basically its a way of checking for loss of spark while running or weak spark, sometimes eventhougn you'll get spark by checking with the plug out it may not be strong enough to fire while under compression

I am not familiar with your model but it sounds like a possible key switch/ fuse issue???
 

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No, I have never heard of such a tool. Hoping it's not the switch. Have replaced it 2 times in past year.
If you've had to replace the switch twice in the last year, perhaps you have a short/ground issue. I would check all connections for integrity in either case.

Good luck, keep us posted :thumbs:
 

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Spark testers come in a few different forms, the one I stock is this one below,

https://bolenspartsandsupplies.com/wisconsin-engine-parts/ignition-spark-tester-led-lights-tests-for-weak-faulty-ignition-systems/

Basically its a way of checking for loss of spark while running or weak spark, sometimes eventhougn you'll get spark by checking with the plug out it may not be strong enough to fire while under compression

I am not familiar with your model but it sounds like a possible key switch/ fuse issue???
I have been contemplating the fuse as the receptacle appears to be in fairly bad shape and one of the fuse prongs has been arced considerable.

Yet another part to locate. Hoping there is nothing special about a aftermarket fuse holder.

Thanks for your response.
 

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If you've had to replace the switch twice in the last year, perhaps you have a short/ground issue. I would check all connections for integrity in either case.

Good luck, keep us posted :thumbs:
Been kicking around a possible ground issue. Will go over every wire, from point to point. As stated it ran great, until I turned it off.

Thanks for your response.
 

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Tracked it down to the cluster of wires at the solenoid, one of which, a white one, is spliced with a butt connector. Others appear solid and undamaged. Jiggling the mass, with key on, caused the monitor light to blink a bit and it did turn over/start for a short while before cutting out when the light went out. Will get into it tomorrow.

Feel a bit of progress was accomplished.
 

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Problem solved, runs better than it did since purchased.

Loose OEM connector on base of solenoid.

It actually purrs now, as an Onan should when idling.

Now to locate a new pump for B&S model and all will be back to working...fingers crossed.
 

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Problem solved, runs better than it did since purchased.

Loose OEM connector on base of solenoid.

It actually purrs now, as an Onan should when idling.

Now to locate a new pump for B&S model and all will be back to working...fingers crossed.
Awesome, good to hear. Pays to check those connections :thumbs:
 
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