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Mower won't start

I turn key and starter won't engage fly wheel to start engine

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Battery charged?,sitting on the seat?, starter or solinoid working? Take out the spark plugs and try turning the engine underneath by using the pulley. Is the oil fresh?

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SOURCE: Starter energizes, won't turn engine.

your battery is in a weak state also the solenoid is shorting out replace the solenoid

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My John Deere did the same thing. Turned out to be the emergency brake sensor.

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SOURCE: starter spins but does not

Odds are that you have a broken spring in the bendix part of the starter drive,which is replaceable but at the same time is hard to find separate from the whole assembly.The whole assembly will run you about 55 to 90 dollars depending on where you find it.

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Don't do any of that. Your battery is toast and cannot hold a charge any longer. It's time for a new one.

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When I try to start my 60" Ariens rider all I get is a loud clattering sound. I just replaced the battery 2 months ago. What's wrong with my mower?


Joel, Recheck battery to make sure it has good charge >12 v and all battery and starter wiring,plugs,connections are clean,tight and undamaged. If you remove spark plug and engine spins freely from the key, the engine compression release or valve clearance needs adjusted. It is probable the solenoid or starter is faulty, the starter Bendix/drive may be sticking. If you can, give the starter a couple sharp raps with a hammer or bar and then try to start.
Check the attached links,instruction and guides to help diagnose starting issue. Good luck
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My stater is free,spinning thn grindingmon the stop but it doesnt do it all the ti,me but is slowly getting worste its a 2001 z3 roadster 3.0im i replaced the crank positioning sensor but did nothing...


replace the starter and the flywheel-the bad starter has not engaged the teeth on the flywheel fully and has ground some teeth off so you'll fit that space every once in a while-cheers Denny

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1996 manual jetta won't start. It won't even crank. There is a whinning noise when I turn the key from the engine but that's it.


Sounds like the starter drive is not fully engaging with the fly wheel... might try to tap firmly on the body of the starter while you turn the key but be careful not to hit the wires... Might get you going enough to get to a garage and have it checked. good luck!

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When I turn the key the starter won't engage . but the starter is good and the battery is good .


Check your starter relay if you are positive both battery and starter are good. Best of luck

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GMC Sierra...grinds while turning key.


teeth could be broke off the fly wheel...the fly wheel is what the starter engages with to turn the engine over,,,it looks like a big gear with lots of teeth....check the starter first and see if it is fully engaging.....tap with a hammer while turning the key..sometimes this will release it..thank you and have a great day

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C230 Key Won`t Turn the car only went i use 14.3V


The starter is turning only when the solenoid close the contact to deliver the current to the starter . When this happens it then turns the bendix to engage with the flying wheel to start the engine.
The reason that you need higher voltage to have correct needed current going through the contact of the solenoid, hence the starter. The contact is corroded or rusty due to high spark at high current at every start time causing high resistance. V=IR the R resistance of the contact now is high so it need higher voltage (14.3 vs, 12.8 V) to deliver the same needed current for the starter.
Unfortunately, the solenoid is integrated with the starter, so you can not just replace the solenoid without replacing the starter.
If you can find the new battery holding at 14.3 V as you mentioned, then that is an economical solution since replacing the starter is costing more.
BTW where can I find the battery at 14.3V in case my friend's car has a same problem?

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Car starts but sometimes makes a whirling noise. I was told it was the starter


sounds like the starter is not disengaging the fly wheel quickly like it should when you turn the key the starter cog connects upto a fly wheel that has teeth all around it when the teeth of starter cog connect between teen on wheel it spins it to crank your car then goes back to starter if you hold your key on after starting the noise you hear is the starter cog(teeth ) still engaged in wheel if this is the sound it needs to be serviced not neccassarily replaced

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Starter turning engaging not start


 you need a shim, if its screaming your clearance is to great. Are you positive its the right starter?

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