Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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Lawn Mower won't start

I have a MTD yard machine riding lawn mower. It has a Briggs 17hp twin II I/C engine. I can't get it to start. I replaced the battery, soleniod, ignition switch, and starter. When I try to crank it, all I can hear is the solenoid clicking. I rechecked the battery to make sure that I didn't run it down with a multimeter, it reads 12.17v. I am lost, any ideas where i go from here?

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  • Chief Ship Oct 21, 2008

    O.k. I remove the new soleniod and replace it with the old one. What do you know, I got action. Now I don't have enough juice to crank it up. I put a multimeter across the batery and it read 10.15v. I guess I bought the wrong soleniod. Will you posted.

  • Chief Ship Oct 21, 2008

    Sorry, will keep you posted.

  • Chief Ship Oct 21, 2008

    Now my starter motor spins clockwise instead of anti clockwise, please, what causes this?

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    Craftsman 19.5 Riding Mower Starter clicks will turn over when solenoid crossing is done

  • Chief Ship Oct 24, 2008

    Today I charged the old battery. I took out the new battery and replaced it with the old charged battery, and what do you know. Everything worked fine. I guess I bought the wrong battery.


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Its a thing of beauty to see problems solve themselves. It seems to me this trial and error approach is very taxing and could have been avoided if 1, your small engine repair guy/Craftsman/Sears had sold you the right parts from the start, or 2, you had bought the right part... from the start.

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