My motor won't start when you push key in, I can here solenoid clicking but it won't start. It will only start when you flip the red solenoid switch. Why is this and what is wrong? I don't want to take engine cover off every time I want to start motor. Also the motor is dark blue almost black and I want to paint it but can't find the color?
The primer solenoid is just a valve that is activated by pushing in the key If the red handle is in the correct position. The red handle should be aligned with the large cylindrical base for normal operation.
You should be able to visually check the operation of the cold start primer solenoid. Pull the small primer hose off the hose barb on the top of the top carb. Turn the key to on, and push in on the key. If fuel pulses out of the end of the hose, the solenoid is working. See you dealer with the model number of the engine and they can get you a spray can of the correct paint.