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Craftsman 17.5 LT1000 Won't Start - Need Help

I have a craftsman LT1000. The tractor was not used since last summer. I tried to start it but the batterry seemed to be dead. Replaced battery by a brand new one. The startet is truning but the teeth are notg engaging the matung teeth to start the engine. I thought I had a bad starter: got a new one & replaced it ... same problem. What else can cause this problem. I have a Craftsman LT1000 - Tractor has been great no problems for last 5-6 years however; this year It suddenly started sputering and spitting and running uneven while under load. I replaced air filter, fuel filter, spark plug - which seemed to fix the problem for about 5 minutes. Until it starting running poorly again. I checked the spark plug (not fouled) and i checked spark plug is getting blue spark. However; Now she will not start. Original Fuel Filter didn't seem blocked (unable to get a replacement - discontinued according to SEARS Hardware - but same exact stock # as brand new mower :(!) Replaced with Briggs and Stratton Standard In Line Filter. I am stumped on this one! Help Please I'm not a mechanic so I would appreciate some help. Thanks Much! Comment posted on May 27, 2009 **Please Read *** Correction - I am not having teeth problems - not sure how that got in there.
I have a craftsman LT1000. The tractor was used 2 times since last summer. I have a Craftsman LT1000 - Tractor has been great no problems for last 5-6 years however; this year It suddenly started sputering and spitting and running uneven while under load. I replaced air filter, fuel filter, spark plug - which seemed to fix the problem for about 5 minutes. Until it starting running poorly again. I checked the spark plug (not fouled) and i checked spark plug is getting blue spark. However; Now she will not start. Original Fuel Filter didn't seem blocked (unable to get a replacement - discontinued according to SEARS Hardware - but same exact stock # as brand new mower :(!) Replaced with Briggs and Stratton Standard In Line Filter. (States fit's all 1/4" and 5/16" mowers up to 80HP. Now mower will not start. tried using original fuel filter however; same result will not start. ( I am stumped on this one! Help Please I'm not a mechanic so I would appreciate some help. Thanks Much! Comment posted on May 27, 2009 I also replaced the original battery with a new Everstart. Not sure if these mowers have magnetos. Anyone have any experiences with regards to fuel filters I can provide model number if needed.
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Pull the flywheel and check if the key(latter models the flywheel itself will need replaced if stripped)is damaged. This is a possibility.

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