Question about Craftsman Garden

1 Answer

I have a cra7ftsman riding mower that will not crank over.the problem that I am having is the starter seems to spin backwards.I checked the entire electrical system and everything seems ok,but the starter still spins the wrong way.I have power at the power post on the starter while cranking and the starter case gets grounded from the engine block,but while cranking the starter star wheel does not come up and contact the flywheel,the starter spins the wrong way.I already tried two brand new starters and they did the same thing.the only way to get the starter to spin properly is to ground the power post and power the case of the starter,then the star wheel spins up and contacts the flywheel but then immediately gets hot and stops.what am I doing wrong? How do I fix this?PLEASE HELP ME, this is driving me crazy!!!!!

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Welcome Back:

    Visited the website for 2 consecutive days.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 5 Answers

Hi! Check your battery cables , they may be crossed .

Posted on May 18, 2011


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

John deere riding mower wont turn over unless plug is out

IF you have to remove the spark plug to get the engine to crank, check to see when the motor is in the compression stroke and go just past that point and try again to see if the motor cranks with the spark plug back in. 3 of 4 piston motions are not related to compression. If it does not move then the starter does not have enough torque.

May 13, 2015 | John Deere Garden

1 Answer

New starter gear will spin but will not engage upward into flywheel to turn engine over.

Check your battery connections, Could be connected backwards causing the starter to turn in reverse.

Feb 25, 2015 | Garden

3 Answers

Craftsman riding mower starter will spin but not engage

The keys are not dropping in the clutch fan. Lightly tap with hammer before attempting to start. Will need to replace eventually.

Dec 16, 2014 | Craftsman YT 4500 54" Kohler 26 hp Gas...

2 Answers

Starte spins when trying to start riding mower.

You may need a starter bendix. The slow cranking may be unrelated and due to a weak solenoid.

Jul 16, 2014 | Cub Cadet Garden

1 Answer

12 hp briggs and stratton starter

the battery may be to weak try jumping it with your car its the same voltage the starter needs to spin out fast to in gauge

Mar 29, 2012 | Husqvarna Garden

1 Answer

I have a old Snapper riding mower with an 8hp Briggs and Stratton engine, The other day it wouldn't crank so I changed the switch and the solenoid, the battery was fully charged and it still won't...

make sure thers power going into the starter
if there is then see if the starter is siezed, try turning the fly gear, but not just up against the flywheel but try turning the starter backwards to see if it moves

Jul 29, 2011 | Garden

1 Answer

My lawnmower won't start. WHen I turn the key it

Check battery cable for correct hook up. Red positive to starter and black to ground. If battery connected backward starter rotates in opposite direction and can burn up starter. If correct battery hook up check plastice gear on starter for wear.

Mar 11, 2010 | Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor -...

1 Answer

Have a Mitsubishi starter for a small 3 cylinder (Toro Mower)

Removed starter and tested with new battery and jumper cables...starter worked fine. Replaced battery and cleaned cable attachments...unit started as usual.

When starter throws this would indicate that the interconnect circuits are intact..the engine still would not turn...that leaves the battery, the cable, or a siezed engine. The engine flywheel turned siezure. That left only the battery and cable. Battery was 3 years old...cable was corroded...bad combination. Battery was replace and corrosion removed from the cable terminals...started first crank.

Apr 12, 2009 | Diesel Garden

3 Answers

Mower wont start problem is with carb i think. need a manuel

need more info like is the engine spinning over and not cranking, if it spinns over check for spark at the spark plug, if you have spark you now have a fuel problem, if it doesnt spin over at all its probly in the battery or starter. to find out if its a fuel problem just spray carburator cleaner in

too the carburator it dont take much, then try cranking it and see if it runs if it does more then likely the carb needs to be taken off and cleaned, agaian not that hard of a job, just get the carb off and brake it down and spray carb cleaner in every hole in the carb,,,, good luck

Mar 25, 2009 | Ariens 34 In. Zoom Series Riding Mower

2 Answers

John Deere 120 will not crank

Make sure your blades are off.
put your hand on the top of the motor and spin it backwards your starter could be stuck up.

Aug 28, 2008 | Garden

Not finding what you are looking for?
Garden Logo

Related Topics:

122 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Craftsman Garden Experts

Wade Mobley
Wade Mobley

Level 3 Expert

513 Answers

Jim Parker
Jim Parker

Level 3 Expert

1041 Answers

Dennis Key
Dennis Key

Level 3 Expert

2478 Answers

Are you a Craftsman Garden Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides