How to Rewire Your Lawnmower Ignition Coil

How to Rewire Your Lawnmower Ignition Coil

Having a properly functioning ignition coil is crucial for getting your lawnmower started and keeping it running smoothly. Over time, the ignition coil can wear out or get damaged, requiring a rewire job. Rewiring the ignition coil on your lawnmower may seem intimidating, but it's actually a fairly straightforward process that I can walk you through step-by-step.

Assessing the Ignition Coil

Before I get into the rewiring process, it's important to verify that the ignition coil is actually the problem. Here are some troubleshooting steps I take:

If I've confirmed that the ignition coil itself needs to be replaced, I'll proceed with the rewire job.

Gathering the Rewiring Supplies

Before getting started, I make sure to have the following rewiring supplies on hand:

Having the right supplies will make the rewiring process much smoother.

Step 1: Disconnect the Spark Plug Wire

The first step is to disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug itself. I use needlenose pliers to grip and pull the wire off. Disconnecting this first prevents any accidental electric shocks while I work on the ignition coil wiring.

Step 2: Remove Old Ignition Coil

Next, I locate the two bolts or screws securing the ignition coil in place and remove them using the proper size socket or screwdriver. Many coils are held in place with one bolt through a mounting bracket.

With the bolts removed, I detach the coil from the engine and set it aside.

Step 3: Detach Wires from Old Coil

Now I'm ready to remove the two wires connected to the terminals on the old ignition coil. These are held on by small nuts. I grip and turn the nuts counterclockwise using needlenose pliers until they detach from the coil terminals.

Be careful not to lose the nuts, as I'll need them to reattach the wires.

Step 4: Attach Wires to New Coil

Here is where I take the new replacement ignition coil and feed the two wires through their respective terminals. I then thread the nuts back on clockwise and tighten them down securely with the needlenose pliers.

It's crucial to reconnect the wires to the correct terminals, usually marked as "+" and "-". Consult my lawnmower's service manual if I'm unsure.

Step 5: Mount New Coil

With the wires securely reconnected, I mount the new coil back into position on the engine using the original bolts or screws. I tighten them down snugly with a socket or screwdriver so the coil stays firmly in place.

Step 6: Reconnect Spark Plug Wire

The last step is to reattach the spark plug wire to the spark plug. I push the wire securely onto the top of the plug. This completes the circuit so electrical current can flow to efficiently fire the spark plug.

Testing the Newly Rewired Ignition Coil

Once fully rewired, I perform a quick test to verify that the new ignition coil is working properly:

If the engine struggles to start or has weak power, I double check that all wiring connections are secure. But in most cases, the newly rewired coil will restore normal functioning.

Replacing my lawnmower's worn out ignition coil and rewiring it properly has the engine starting and running like new again! This straightforward DIY rewiring project saved me the cost and hassle of taking my mower to the shop. With the right supplies and safety precautions, I was able to breathe new life into my small engine.