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Timing 17.5 hp mower

The motor will not turn over without jumping off. The battery is charged. Motor barely turns then sometimes starts once it turns over fast. Is this a timing issue?

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I don't think it's a timing issue, i think the valves need to be adjusted a little tighter - if the rocker arms are too loose, the valves don't open enough and compression builds up, fighting against the starter

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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