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I have a Craftsman 21 hp, 42" riding mower ~ 10 years old...when trying to start it, it just makes a loud metal noise like the gears are stripped. I'm going to try to remove the starter tonight...will I be able to see the gears without getting into the engine?

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Depends on the engine, briggs L-head opposed twins can be viewed by removing the sheet metal head cover near the starter, changing its starter is fun, as one of the bolts is under the flywheel, it can be changed without flywheel removal, with patience. Briggs Vanguard and Intek twins starters are easier to remove, the intek cowling has to be removed to see anything with starter in place but the starter can be removed with the cowling in place, the Vanguard has a few sheet metal covers that must be removed. If you've got a Kohler, starter removal is usually pretty straightforward, take the starter to a local repair shop for a comparison or test if you are unable to determine what's wrong. A decent shop will at least inspect it and show you what a known good starter drive looks like.

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