Question about Mustang Rzt 50" Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
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If you can hear the starter spin up freely when you turn the key, there are two reasons a starter will not engage properly.
1) The starter bendix needs to be replaced; or
2) The flywheel has some chipped teeth and will need to be replaced.
The starter bendix has a small gear or cog that 'shoots out' from inside the starter and turns the flywheel when the key is turned.
You can try a trick to see if it's the starter bendix - but you must use caution not to damage the starter.
While someone else turns the key (on and off repeatedly) , begin tapping on the starter with a hammer. (Tap, Tap Tap). If the starter engages it's usually a 'stuck' bendix. If you hear any kind of grinding sound this usually means the bendix gear is turning against chipped teeth on the flywheel or in some cases, the starter may need to be shimmed so the bendix engages the flywheel at the correct angle.
You can also remove the starter and take it to an auto parts store that has a starter tester (like Auto Zone). They'll be able to tell you if it is a defective bendix. Also, when you remove the starter you may be able to examine the flywheel for damaged teeth if there is no shield around the flywheel.
Posted on Apr 02, 2011
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