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Huskee Riding Mower Won't Start?

August 29, 2020

I have a 26hp Briggs in my Huskee. It turns over, but won't start. I put new plugs in and a new safety relay switch, but there is still no spark. I have had the seat safety switch unhooked from years ago.

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I pulled it into garage running to fix the steering and I went to start it and it just turns over. I'm at a loss, any ideas?

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It needs to get gas , air, and compression in order to ignite the engine. You have to have all 3 to get a proper engine start , also make sure the battery is good. These are the most important components to running your motor. make sure these things are checked and in working order. Only thing that would be left is the electrical system/malfunction , starter is ok, carburetor ?

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Considering this is turning over but not starting means that you are getting the spark you need to the engine and the battery is good. The next step is to check the carburetor and the fuel lines. Make sure the fuel filter is not clogged and the hoses are passing the gas into the carburetor so the engine can turn over.

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You can try and prime your carburetor to get the gas inside to see if this will allow you to turn over the engine. Considering the engine was running when you moved the mower to the garage the only problem now is getting enough gas to the carburetor to keep the engine running again.

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May 3, 2020

I have a Huskee riding mower that we bought used last year. When we went to look at it, it started fine. We turned it off loaded, it on the trailer, and came home. When we went to get it off the trailer it wouldn't start. So since last year we have been jumping it off with the car every time we want to cut grass. When we jump it with the car it starts and runs fine, no problems while cutting the grass, it doesn't go dead on us or anything like that, but it will not start without jumping it.

It's time I got this thing fixed and I'd rather try to do it myself than pay someone a 2 week paycheck to fix it if possible. Also when we bought it the guy said the battery was new, but I have not had it checked. Please help me!

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May 4, 20201 found this helpful
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It really sounds like the battery. You can have batteries tested for free at various places. Also check spark plugs.

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When they are getting old it tends to do the same thing as the battery (no spark to start).

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It really sounds like your battery is not up to par as it takes a lot more battery power to start the engine than it does to keep it running. This works the same way as your electric lights and appliances - they use a lot more current when they kick on than during the time they run for several minutes (economists say not to turn off a light if you plan to need it again within 15 minutes because it takes more current to start it again than it does to leave it on).

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You can ask someone at an auto parts store to check your battery for you as they can put it through the cycles to see how well it is functioning.
You may want to try using a starting fluid if you're still having problems.
"To use starting fluid, just spray a quick burst on your air intake, then try to turn the engine over."
This can also be purchased at the auto parts store.

You should also check your spark plug and filter as both of these do not last forever and should be replaced at least every year.
Be sure to set your mower up properly before you store it away for the winter.There are lots of sites on the Internet about how to do this when the time comes.

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June 4, 2011

I have a Huskee 16.5 hp. mower. I put in a new plug, air filter, and fuel filter, the battery tested good. When trying to start it turns over a couple of times and stops. I also cleaned all of the connections that run to the battery.

By Dave B.

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Well, I will tell you my story. I have a John Deere LA120. It is 4 years old and has 40 hours of use. When first year it started up ok. The second year was more difficult so I hooked it up to a battery booster I bought for $50. The third year was more difficult and this year impossible. I bought a new battery and the battery guy tested the old one and said it was fine. The battery guy thought I had an open ground. But I bought a new battery anyway. Still would not start. I asked the folks at the John Deere dealer. They said my valves needed adjustment. I thought that was BS so I visited another JD dealer and he said the same thing. He said he could adjust the valves but they would go out of adjustment very quickly. He said my machine had a Briggs and Stratton engine which was crap. The more expensive JD mowers with a much, much better engine start at $3,000. I asked about a trade in toward a newer JD.

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Nope. He said he would not take it because the Briggs and Stratton engines were too much of a problem. He suggested I dump my mower on the side of the road or try to sell it to a private party for $500.

He did give me one bit of advise which was very helpful. On the top of the engine is a clean air intake. This spins clockwise when the engine is running to cool the engine. He said to turn it with my hand in reverse and then try to start the mower. This would change the position of the valves. I tried it several times before the mower started. So both dealer must have been correct. It is something to do with the valves. You may have the same problem. the first dealer said the battery was not powerful enough to over come the resistance of the out of position valves. Maybe if I had a very powerful battery booster I could get it to turn over. Good Luck.

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful
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My husband had similar problems with his riding mower, and it turned out to be the "kill" switch.

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July 24, 2013

My Huskee riding mower will turn over and it sounds like it's spinning really fast. I was mowing the lawn and it made a big pop and died. Now all it will do is spin really fast, but not fire up. Can you help me?

By PD

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March 11, 20150 found this helpful
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Probably sheared the key between crankshaft and flywheel.

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September 30, 2018

I'm getting spark and fuel to the carburetor. I put a new ignition coil on too. I have not checked the seat switch yet. Any other thoughts? I would appreciate it.


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October 1, 20180 found this helpful
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I would check the seat switch. You dont have a bad spark plug, clogged carburetor or bad fuel pump

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May 30, 2016

I was starting to mow and it started sputtering and died. I put a new battery in, but it is still dead. It won't turn over or anything, it's dead.


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May 30, 20160 found this helpful
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It was a fuse located under the battery.

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April 12, 2021

I have a Huskee 4200. When I turn the key it makes a loud metal grinding sound. Could this be my starter? If so, how do I change it?


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August 9, 2019

My Huskee mower is a gem that starts on the first try every time, but if I stop mowing then try to restart it, about 75% of the time it won't restart. I'm certain it's flooding out. Is there anything I can do to help it restart sooner? Sometimes it takes overnight to restart. It is frustrating! Today it did something different, I was mowing along and I tried to increase my speed, but accidentally over slid into choke mode and it killed and won't restart.

Can anyone give me a tip for these issues? Go easy, my knowledge consists of gas tank, fuel additives, cleaning the air filter, replacing the battery, and adding oil. Typical woman I guess! Thanks!

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April 19, 2019

I can not get my Huskee mower to start using the key. I have to jog the solenoid to get it to start. What can I do to fix my issue?


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April 20, 20190 found this helpful

The wiring from the ignition could be bad.

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April 20, 20190 found this helpful

That is what we thought as well but sadly not the case but we can jump start the cylanoid to get it started but nothing at all when i turn the key...

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I have a Husky riding lawn mower. I have put a new solenoid, a key switch, and a new battery in it and it still won't start. Is there anything else I could check?

I am thinking of replacing the clutch safety switch with a new one, will this make a difference?

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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

From gardenweb.com:

we need to know.. did you do the basic checks? enough fuel, controls all set correctly before attempting to start, choke full on before start, sitting firmly in seat so seat safety sw engaged, clutch/brake pedal fully depressed, PTO off, etc., etc. ..?

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If all that OK, next step is with help of assistant remove engine air cleaner and spray several shots of rattlecan carb cleaner (available at auto parts store) directly into carb throat while assistant is cranking engine.

If engine tries to start or "pops", problem is lack of fuel delivery. if not, prob is ignition or mechanical internal to the engine.

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July 26, 2018

I was trying to start a friend's Huskee LT 4200 riding mower that I've only ridden twice. I followed the starting instructions on the mower and it won't even make any startup noise.

It's gas tank isn't empty.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

There is a safety switch under the seat. Make sure it is not disengaged

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

So I don't mean for this to be a dumb question, so I hope it isn't, but did you ask your friend if the machine has start up quirks?

I ask because the first time I drove my husband's car by myself after he got it, the wheel was locked up and I couldn't get the key to turn. I sat there for a while wondering if I broke it. Turns out his car your foot needs to be on the brake and if you are parked on a hill like our driveway, the wheel must be in a certain position for the key to work so now I know...so long story, long...maybe this mower has some wonky start up ritual that your friend forgot to mention.

If you don't want to ask your friend, call Huskee (made by MTD) and ask...www.mtdproducts.com/.../ContactUs_10500_20500_-1

Good luck!

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May 17, 2019

I started mowing and now I have no power. I cleaned the carb and put in a new battery before this and now it does nothing.

Help!


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July 26, 2013

I have a Huskee garden tractor 18 horse 46 cut. It will start and run fine, but once I shut it off it will not start. It turns over fine. I have to let it set a very long time to get it started again.


By Cecil J.

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