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I have a 15 HP. Sears Lawn Tractor with a Koehler Engine.

The starter doesn't want to engage sometimes when I try to start it. I keep turning on the switch and it clicks and that is it. After a while it will finally engage and start. I changed the solenoid and that didn't seem to help. Before I spend 100$ plus for a new starter is there something else I should do?

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  • healthex Feb 11, 2009

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SOURCE: MY MOWER WANT START

probably a bad starter hit it on on end with something a hammer or rod a few time and try to start it right away. if that works its a bad starter needs replacing

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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SOURCE: difficult to start -- bad kill switch?

You have 3 safety switches located on the tractor, any one of which can cause the tractor to not crank over.
I assume the deck lever is not engaged, you are sitting in the seat and you push the clutch down when trying to start?
Start by lifting the seat and disconnecting the seat switch, push the clutch in and try to start.
Start there and we'll go from there.
Regards,

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Tractor clicks when key is turned, but doesn't always start.

If you have a new battery and it clicks, it is not a safety switch, but we won't rule out the solenoid yet, I would say dirt, check the battery terminal for dirt, clean them up with a wire brush, Make sure the battery is good, test it for voltage and specific gravity, one of those floaty ball things. Try it, if it still clicks, get the hammer, tap on one of the bolts holding the starter, just lightly to loosen the solenoid, if it jumps to life, you have found your problem, if not, Hit it harder, no, It doesn't have to be hit hard at all, just a tap will do it. My John Deere tractor has a hammer on the running board, the only way I can start it. The bolt head is rounded right off. Been like that for 15 years. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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SOURCE: my name is jim. My Sears Craftsman lawn Tractor

Clean the carburetor. The needle and float are stuck closed, passage blocked or a jet plugged with debris. Give it a good cleaning.

Posted on Jul 31, 2011

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SOURCE: Craftsman Lawn Tractor, 18 HP, 44" Cut; No SWtart!

Check the by pass switches on the seat, clutch pedal, and check the fuses.

Posted on May 27, 2012

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