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The starter works but won't move the flywheel at all whats is wrong?

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On the end of the starter shaft is a nylon gear. Remove the starter and inspect it for damage, maybe stripped off the gear teeth. If that gear is in good shape check the flywheel gear teeth. You can buy a kit for that starter gear. Cheap fix.

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    how do i take OFF the gear that goes up and turns the motor that starts the mower, because i can not figure it out the model number is 917257630. PLEASE HELP!!

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