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Toro lawn tractor : tractor will not start

Tractor has a new battery. but when you go to start, nothing happens ,not even a click. We had starter tested ,it;s ok.

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  • aldozac Apr 05, 2009

    When I turn the key on my tractor, nothing happens for a second or two, then sounds like it is straining to start cranking, then starts a full crank and turns over. Changed the battery and did full tune up, but it is still doing it. Wires all seem ok. Is the starter going bad??

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    have a craftman lawn tractor hp16 modle no. 917273351 has new battrey and starts up, but when I cut off have to jump start it. need to know why

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    cicking sound,slow starter,will not start sometimes


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On most riding mowers there are several switches that must be actuated before it will start. First, make sure that blades are disengaged. Also, if there is a handle that engages and disengages the blades, you might try holding it in the dis-engage position in case the switch is out of adjustment. There is probably one under the seat also. This switch kills everything if you are not sitting in the seat for safety reasons. The switch here could be out of adjustment or mis-positioned. Also, make sure the parking brake is set, and the gear is in neutral, and not forward or reverse. Also, even if the parking brake is set, you might try pressing the brake all the way down while starting, as this switch might be out of adjustment. All of the switches should be easy to locate and adjust. Also, you should check the battery. It is possible that you left the key on by mistake and drained it.

Hope some of this helps.

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