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Kohler 18 hp starter spins but won/t engage engine

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SOURCE: engine cuts out when engaging clutch or engaging blades..

lift the seat and make sure the connector is firmly plugged into the seat switch

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SOURCE: My craftsman LT 1000 lawn tractor will not start.

No you dont need a new starter, the gear is stuck.
Try WD40 and gently free it with a screwdriver.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010

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SOURCE: My craftsman LT 1000 lawn tractor will not start.

Starter motor spins, but does not engage

  1. Check the starter motor for a seized or binding pinion gear.
  2. Remove the flywheel inspection plate and check for a damaged ring gear.
  3. Engine stalls immediately when started
    1. Check the ignition switch condition and operation. The electrical contacts in the run position may be worn or damaged. Try restarting the engine with all electrical accessories in the off position. Sometimes turning the key on an off will help in emergency situations, however once the switch has shown signs of failure, it should be replaced as soon as possible.
    2. Check for loose, corroded, damaged or shorted wires for the ignition system and repair or replace.
    3. Check for manifold vacuum leaks or vacuum hose leakage and repair or replace parts as necessary.
    4. Measure the fuel pump delivery volume and pressure. Low fuel pump pressure can also be noticed as a lack of power when accelerating. Make sure the fuel pump lines are not restricted. The fuel pump output is not adjustable and requires fuel pump replacement to repair.
    5. Check the engine fuel and ignition management system. Inspect the sensor wiring and electrical connectors. A dirty, loose or damaged sensor or control module wire can simulate a failed component.
    6. Check the exhaust system for internal restrictions.

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SOURCE: my craftsman kohler 18 hp

The carb. needs to be cleaned. Pay extra attention to the high speed circuit.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

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