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Sears Series 700 22" Lawn Mower electric starter spins but won't engage with engine

The battery is good and the starter spins when the key is turned but does not engage with the engine to start it. I am assuming it is the solenoid but not sure. How do I access the solenoid and starter on this lawnmower and how do I test them to trouble shoot what is wrong and fix it?

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Its not the solenoid if you turn the key and it spins that's the job of the solenoid .Try some wd forty on the shaft ,it probably gots some dirt on it they like to hang .I think that will take care of your problem

Posted on May 08, 2014

Testimonial: "I lubricated the shaft with WD40 and the starter gear seems to slide on the shaft. I figured that the battery was not strong enough to engage the starting gear so purchased a new battery but the starter shaft still spins but the gear does not engage with the engine. What could be wrong?"

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