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My 145 has decided not to start. I thought the battery was flat and after charging the battery the engine would crank very slowly. Went and had the battery checked as I thought it was faulty and it was fine. Now when I turn the key the engine does not even turn over and the lights don't even dim. Looks like the starter solenoid is the problem (maybe jammed or contacts burnt). - any comments.
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Might need more info... mileage? model year? And why you know starter solenoid is the problem?
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Could be the starter although they are fairly robust - before you get into changing the starter, check your engine earth strap - goes from the left-hand chassis leg onto the front of the gearbox. Even if it seems OK, clean the contacts at each end - and as a quick check, try connecting a good heavy duty jump lead from the battery earth terminal direct to a good metal part of the engine/box.
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Are you quite sure the battery is good?

What's the voltage across the terminals. It should be 12.3V or more.

My guess is it's knackered and not enough juice to activate the solenoid. It will look "good" and light up the lights even if it has 11.x volts but the starter needs the full monty or it won't even discuss trying to crank the engine.

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