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Craftsman riding mower repair starter will spin but not engage. The gear on top of the starter spins but will not lift to meet the flywheel. If I pry it up a little it will engage and start the engine. How can I fix this without buying a new starter.

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  • quinn_bob May 30, 2009

    Thanks for the solution. Every place I called said bring it in and we'll replace the starter $120. + Labor $65. Kit was $19

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You need to buy a Starter Drive Kit. If you starter has a flat piece on top held on by a retaining ring, it's part # 696541. If you have the older type starter with roll pin holding the drive on, you need part # 696540. You probably have the first one. To install the retaining ring, use a 3/8 socket to tap it into the groove. Dwain

Posted on May 29, 2009

  • Dwain Pippen May 30, 2009

    WOW! Have I been undercharging! LOL. Never ceases to amaze me how some (or most) of these shops rip customers. Glad I could help. Dwain

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