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Gear of starter motor won't engage in flywheel to run the tractor

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Look under 'My Profile' (Longhorn294 in the top right corner of this page)on page 5 at this post and solution. "craftsman riding mower starter will spin but not engage". Dwain

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    can someone summarize what the solution was .. I cannot find the original post using the info provided

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You have a bad bendix in the starter take starter off & have it checked

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SOURCE: starter motor spins won't engage flywheel on lawn tractor

take it off and see if the gear is broken (you can buy the gear at napa)or did the shaft the gear rides on got a little rusty over the winter

Posted on May 12, 2012

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take it off and see if the gear is broken (you can buy the gear at napa)or did the shaft the gear rides on got a little rusty over the winter

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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
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    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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