Weekend Freedom Machines banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
My 1967 110 (S/N ~70,000, 8 hp Kohler) suddenly stopped running and won't restart. It was running fine, plowing snow, when it suddenly quit. Right after it quit, I pulled the hood open and saw a bit of smoke coming up between the gas tank and battery. Afterwards, the GEN light would not come on and it won't turn over. After doing some checking, I noticed one of the wire connections to the starter/alternator was very loose, but after tightening that and the checking other connections, the GEN light does not come on and it won't turn over. I hoped to find something burnt, but didn't find anything. Any ideas on what the smoke might be from or what to check? I know the voltage regulator, solenoid, and switch are under the battery, but all the connections look ok.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
69 Posts
My guess would be this. The voltage regulator. The gen light connects to it. If you open the metal cover (2 screws) you can very very easily see if something has burned in there. The only other thing underneath is the solenoid. It should click with the keyswitch.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Sorry I didn't receive any email notifications that anyone replied, and I kept forgetting to check this forum (is there a place in account settings or somewhere to request this, or do I just need to check for replies?). I didn't find any burnt wires or wire insulation rubbed off. The solenoid does not click when the key is turned. I'll pull the cover off the regulator and check inside that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,507 Posts
Joe,
Welcome.
Try the key switch. I've had them go bad before and had the same problems you are describing.
Dom
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I haven't had time to do much more with the 110 in several months, but I finally noticed that the positive battery cable had rubbed against the edge of the frame and shorted out (burnt away some of the insulation, but the wire is intact). I'm guessing that the burnt insulation was what produced the smoke when it quit. I opened up the voltage regulator box, and everything inside there looked clean and nothing burnt inside or at the wire connections. Also, I took off the key switch and checked it with a volt/ohm meter, and it seems to be working ok. So my question is-- when the positive battery cable shorted out, what would be likely to get fried-- the solenoid? And how do I check that?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Well, it turns out that the battery tested as still good, so all I had to do was charge the battery back up and replace the battery cable that got burnt. After that, it started right up and I mowed with it today. Thanks for the help!
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top