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I'll assume you've checked the battery's charge, completed a battery load test, and have also checked the quality of the connections at the starter's positive terminal, POS and NEG battery terminals and engine block ground?
Even though you've shorted the terminals at the starter solenoid, you still need clean and well connected grounds at the battery and the engine block, as well as a good connection at the positive battery post. Shorting the solenoid only closes the path to the starter from the positive battery lead. A good check, but it really only isolates the starter button and solenoid circuit.
Unless you've already checked those items and found them to be good, it is a fair bet all you needed was a new battery and/or some simple connector terminal maintenance. Could very well be the starter, but that normally comes as a last resort as it is expensive and a lot of work to replace. You have to drain oil and coolant to pull the generator side cover off...
Dan. "Painfully mistaking my big talk for the truth" Samantha Fish.
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Last edited by SS904; Jun 15th, 2018 at 5:48 am.