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Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower Won't Start?

I have a 2010 Craftsman LT2000 riding mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine. It will not start. When I turn the ignition it either clicks a bunch of times or spins once or twice, but doesn't turn over. I replaced the spark plug, adjusted the valves, got a new battery, and it still won't start. I did notice that it is slowly leaking gas somewhere (will not hold it in the tank over night). I'm guessing my problem is either the starter solenoid, the starter motor, or a clogged carburetor. Any suggestions?

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

You might need to replace the engine fuel filter.

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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

I could give that a try...I did check that earlier and confirmed that fuel is in fact making it to the carberatour

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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

Do you think it could be a clogged carberatour?

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

Have you checked for a mouse or rodent nest in the undercarriage? They can really gum up the works and cause starting issues.

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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

I did have a mouse near the engine several months ago but i have cleared that all out and it has started up since then....At this point im guessing that maybe it is a bad starter motor

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July 30, 20211 found this helpful

Key was left on or fuel shutoff solenoid is stuck open (shuts via spring) Since fuel tank on the LT2000 is located above the carb, fuel will overnight drain into the crankcase and liquid lock the piston rotation (can't compress fluid). Pull dipstick and you should find high level of thin fluid (oil and ++ gas) Remove the spark plug and hand turn the via the fan cover, oil/gas should pour out of the spark plug hole. Drain the crankcase and remove the filter.leave open overnight to allow gas vapor to evaporate.

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Install an inline fuel shut off valve to avoid future solenoid failure. Note: solenoid opens down when key is on, if engine will not start due to no fuel the solenoid is stuck closed. Replace oil drain plug, install new oil filter. Fill w/gas and it should start. If you continue to try starting w/o checking this, it could result in battery, starter solenoid or starter motor damage. good luck.

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September 18, 20210 found this helpful

I am at the remove star plug step..I think you solved my prob. I had previously install a fuel line cut off due to carb float sticking.was working great til I ran out of gas and forgot to turn off key..

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wouldnt turn manually at fan so I tried you steps. Full of gas oil mixture..from spark plug. Thanks

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