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Electric starter won't engage with the engine.

I have a Troy-Bilt Model 5521 Squall Snow Thrower that is three years old and used only a couple of times. The last time I went to use it the electric starter would spin but wouldn't engage with the engine. The engine does start with the pull rope although. I would also like to note that the Tecumseh Owners Manual provided with the snow thrower mentions to operate the starter for a few seconds while the engine is running before short term storage to avoid possible freeze up of starter and that this will not harm the starter or engine. I tried this and the starter would not operate at all. I am only mentioning this point because it seems as odd to me as the starter malfunction. The snow thrower is garaged and dry before several attempts have been made to get the starter to engage with the engine. What is likely causing this problem? Your answer will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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I have just taken apart my Troy-Bilt Model 5521 so now I can see how all the bits fit together.

The electric starter is a separate device that engages with the cogs on the outside of the engine flywheel.

The cord pull engages the flywheel at the centre.

The fact that the cord pull starts the engine is a good thing.

If you dismantle the blower and take of the top cover (very annoying with many bolts all over the unit, take a look at the spare parts guide to see the exploded view) the starter it comes away with the power cord.

You can plug this in to the main supply and press the start button and you should see the small cogged teeth turning about 200 rpm. Keep your fingers clear.

I am guessing that this is not working at all. Either that or the cog wheel has shaved the teeth off or it is jammed.

This is a good do it yourself project for someone who doesn't mind getting their hands dirty.

It should take about 3 hours to take the unit apar and another 2 to put it back together.

Troy Bilt doesn't sell the starter motor or the engines (mine had an engine seize with a broken main bearing and a broken piston).

I suspect that the resellers don't have these parts either. But someone does.

Good luck

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

  • greazydude Dec 22, 2008

    This system doesn't have a battery. There is a small induction magnet on the fly wheel that makes a spark each time the fly wheel turns.

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Hi

Disassembly the starter and ceck the starter housing,the armature,the end cover(with brushes and springs) and pinion gear.Also check the wires.Charge the baterry.

best regards savumihai71

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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