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16 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine Won't Start

I have a 16 HP Briggs and Stratton engine that will not crank, on a Craftsman riding mower. The engine model number is 310707-0136-E1. When I turn the engine I don't even hear a click, but I think I hear something up by the choke on the carburetor. When I remove the fuse I don't hear this noise so I don't think it is the fuse.


I just replaced the battery and know it is good, because I accidentally touched the other terminal with the wrench when tightening and got sparking. Where do I start looking? Starter, solenoid, ignition switch? I thought I saw where someone said to remove the cover over the starter gear to make sure it is not jammed in the flywheel and not releasing. But I thought I would hear a clicking or something but I'm hearing nothing. Can you give me some suggestions, step by step starting with the easiest?

Dan S. from St. Louis


16 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine Won't Start

Check to make sure the seat is making a connection to the battery while sitting down. We have the same one and had that problem with grass and gunk on the top of the battery. (10/01/2008)

By Linda


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