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Come along with Eric O. as he goes on a service call on his way home after hours to help a customer who is experiencing a "no crank, no start" condition and we get a quick lesson in voltage drop and some test light diagnostics.
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50 thoughts on “Service call – no crank, no start”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Wood says:

    Needs a bit of fluid film ??

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    You amaze me such a cool and nice guy Erick your truely a good Joe

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Oh yeah the green crusties strike again.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Lol I wondered when youd make another house call totally cool

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Degregorio says:

    One side for tightening and other for loosening

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kenneth litton says:

    Why not check the resistance from the clean post to the wire going to starter

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars smitty1952 says:

    A master mechanic that makes house calls! I remember as a kid when the doctor did that.. Once again Eric, YOU ARE THE MAN!!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred Kaminski says:

    Your service call is worth more then the mower !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Swink says:

    Eric O, me and my dad always kept our outdoor machines really clean especially the riding mower, we were always waxing it.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Jankiewicz says:

    House call! I`m in. Sick rider mower? ok…no crank? 1st thing I check battery for life..charge if spanked and clean terminals. I learned on lawnmowers at 9 yrs old, fixed my Dads that had no start issues. Cars at 15. You can learn alot from a chilton book. Great vid as usual Eric O. Another binge watch…lol. You have alot of videos! Awesome.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ning3n says:

    Crescent wrench.
    In AvE speak "manually adjustable nut fucker"

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grant Snell says:

    Jeez, once you found the (obvious) voltage drop, why not clean the terminal and then try starting? A five minute job. No need for any more diagnosis!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! John Rodrigues says:

    One side of your crescent wrenches metric and the other side is standard!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars oracle wisdom says:

    a double headed mexican fit-all

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars oracle wisdom says:

    Those bendix arms like to get stuck in the up position on those

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerrell Strawn says:

    How about a link to that bicephalic Crescent wrench.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GodofThunder66 says:

    Was waiting for Eric to say…( well theres your problem lady)..haha..

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Itta says:

    Flat Rate

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steven1993 says:

    You didn't even try brake cleaner. 🙄😆

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Chiodetti says:

    Ah yes, "Service Calls!" Know about those quite well. This one sounded like the fuel pump in the tank wouldn't keep the line pressurized! Good Man, Great Video!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Burns says:

    There was a time my tractor’s Briggs and Stratton motor took more and more power to start. I needed to hook up a jump pack to help a fairly new battery. There is an automatic compression release, and it is hooked to the cam. If the valve lash gets out of adjustment, then the release doesn’t work. A quick valve adjustment, just like the one Eric’s brother did on the Cummins fixed it.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Newling says:

    Well, back in the early '50s, my Grandfather, a production machinist, made a wrench like that. He called it his "Speed Wrench". A couple of Crescents cut and welded together.
    When doing 'piece work' and operating several machines at the same time, set – up time is very important.
    It seems that there were several adjustments to be made, quite often. The larger end for three sizes and the smaller for two sizes with a minor thumb adjustment. Replaces five wrenches! Of course the machines were never crusty and always well oiled so not a lot of force was needed. Don't know what ever happened to it.
    I've never seen another like it 'till now. If I could find one, I'd get it just to pass it on to my grandsons.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Monte Stu says:

    The lawnmower owner has few tools, but somehow has the strangest adjustable wrench ever seen.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Mann says:

    Corrosion between post and connector equals big honking resister. Bet you can read across the post/terminal and see a voltage reading.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DUSTY says:

    You can fix that problem with a COCA COLA!!!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars General R. E. Lee says:

    next time my ride on mower isn't working I'll drop by SMA,,

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy hanna says:

    Weres the. Obd2 connector were the data

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wayne Richards says:

    The videos are good but a lot of viewers don't have those expensive toys you have me as a mechanic I do a lot of people are not going to buy a $10.000 scanner so I wish you tell them that

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Mac says:

    The old double headed thumb detecting nut f er. Great video. Thanks.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jjthesavage says:

    I think I would have noticed the dimmer light but likely would have checked with a voltmeter and not had any load. The load part is great info for me, thanks!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Roblin says:

    Awesome!!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paige Marie says:

    Easy money

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 1tobicat says:

    No power here, “currently”. LOL!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jhitt79 says:

    I'm a tool junky and have a massive collection. Woodworking, metalworking, mechanics, construction, etc. I've never even seen a double headed crescent wrench!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marty Stevens says:

    Why not jump the battery to the starter solenoid to quickly see if it'll start instead of doing all that testing? A mechanic could have found out something before now.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Norman Gallant says:

    Good job

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kregg Paradis says:

    Did you charge for that? I don't know if I would've charged for that, and it would probably give you a customer for life if you didn't. Either way thanks for the video!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Nicols says:

    That was cool helping don

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Hartigan says:

    I really enjoy how thorough you are in your explanation of this seemingly easy diagnosis. Most especially is the voltage difference between the battery terminal and the cable going to the starter solenoid. As always, great job!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alcides Martinez says:

    I have a brand new RC remote control car won't charge battery out of box. Lost receipt.
    Any ideas… Lol
    Great video as always.
    Thanks for sharing

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Angela Racino says:

    A refreshing change, great diagnosis

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Kanatzer says:

    one end is SAE and the other is metric.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lackey DeHackey says:

    Yah didnt check the fuel trims for a vac leak. Just kidding.
    And those pseudo goats have the solenoid behind the choke throttle panel and are a PIA to get to.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Rup says:

    Why didn't you just plug in the scan tool first and read the trouble codes?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Gale says:

    "Scope on a rope". You gotta love it.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy Anthony says:

    so you do small engine repair . so do i.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars motorhead says:

    Lol !! there is a few safety interlocks on these newer lawn mowers.
    Seat clutch mower pto and fuel shut off on carb….ridiculous. Most by pass them but it is a liability issue for a shop .