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Riding Lawn Mower Won't Start

Mowing the grass is one of the rites of summer, but now your mower won't start. There are many things that can cause a riding mower to refuse to fire up. This is a guide about troubleshooting a riding lawn mower that won't start.

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June 4, 2016 Flag
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I have a Poulan Pro riding lawn mower. I had it sitting for over a year and it work great before storage. I took it out of storage and it tried to fire-up, but it wouldn't. So, I cleaned the carburetor, changed the plug, and replaced the battery. Now it won't turn over at all. I get absolutely nothing when I turn the key. I checked the fuses and it has good gas in it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have john deere 300 x I turn the key to start about 5 times and it finally turns over

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful

I have a 17.5 HP John Deere tractor I changed the battery and starter and fuel and it still does not even click. What can be wrong?

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February 23, 2014 Flag
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My mower just clicks when you turn the switch on. It has a new battery and belts. It only stated for a few seconds and died. Now all it does is click when you try to crank it.

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February 27, 20140 found this helpful
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The fact that it just "clicks" when you try to turn it over may mean that the engine has seized up. Lack of oil mixed in the gas could lead to this. Also, you may want to try to replace the carburetor. Plenty of "How-to" sites on Utube and choose a reputable online business for mower parts and they should allow you to return carburetor if that is not the problem.

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June 2, 20160 found this helpful

could be push rods too tight

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August 29, 2016 Flag
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My X300 riding mower will not start. The battery does not hold a charge and I must recharge it to have it start the engine. Is this a battery issue or is there an alternator?

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August 30, 20160 found this helpful

we had that happen on our four year old rider and come to find out the engine block was cracked.

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July 15, 2016 Flag
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I bought a brand new Husqvarna riding mower. I used it for a month and then stored it in the storage for the winter. Now it won't start. So I used a jumper cable and it started fine, but once I turn it off it won't start unless I use the jumper cable again! Any idea what's wrong with it?

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

Likely a failed voltage regulator.

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

If your battery is good, then it is ikely a failed voltage regulator. Take your battery to advance auto parts once charged fully. They will test it for free usually. (At least in Georgia.)

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January 5, 2016 Flag
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I was mowing on my JD 445 when I hit a stump with the front of the mower deck. The tractor immediately cut off! I disengaged the blades and then tried to start it. It is dead as a door nail. My husband checked the battery cables/fuse. All OK. What could have happened?
Thank you!

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

Check under the blades there could be some left over twigs cough underneath

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May 2, 20160 found this helpful

Make sure grass chute is on properly and button is depressed.

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September 6, 2016 Flag
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I have changed the battery, starter, and fuel and I still can't get it to even click. Any suggestions? I am disabled and I need any help I can receive. Thanks!

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April 14, 2016 Flag
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I have a John Deere L110 lawn mower that will not start or even turn over. I replaced the spark plug and charged the battery, but still it would not make a sound. What do I do?

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June 26, 20160 found this helpful

one last thing on the John Deere mower. Replace the gas cap- they are subject to clogging and with no oxygen to the carb it will not start.

Try first starting it without the gas cap on or at least loose.

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July 6, 20160 found this helpful

I have a John Deere 100 series riding lawn more it will not start crying or do anything

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June 14, 2016 Flag
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My 1998 MTD 20hp special edition will not start. It winds over and it has fire and gas. What can be the problem?

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June 18, 20160 found this helpful

Have you checked compression??

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June 22, 20160 found this helpful

I have a stx 38 John Deere that turns over and has gas and fire but won't start up, how can I get it to crank???

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May 13, 2016 Flag
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I have a 2003 Bolens riding mower, model #13AN683G163 which will not start. This began over a year ago, when I thought it was the battery. I replaced the battery and the mower started, but the battery would drain and have to be charged to be used again.

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