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Mower Won't Start?

February 23, 2014

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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By Preston

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February 27, 20141 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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July 8, 2020

I have a Yard Machine, original year of sale, 2004. It has a 14.5 hp Briggs and Stratton engine and a 38" cut. Yesterday when I tried to start it so I could move it, the engine turned slowly and the starter began smoking. I immediately turned the key to off and removed the starter.

Today, I purchased and installed a new stater and battery. After installing the parts when I turn the key to start the mower the only thing that happens is a single click or clunk sound coming from under the seat where the battery sits.

I only bought the mower a few days ago and it had no safety mechanism or at least no working one that required you to sit on the seat to start the mower. Today, after I started hearing the clunk sound coming from under the seat, I inspected the area and I see there is a lever and spring mechanism that moves when the seat is depressed from being sat on. There are two wires attached to this mechanism that disappear into the body and go from the wheel well area toward the front. I am guessing these wires continue into the engine compartment.

I am guessing my problem is a disconnected ground or a malfunctioning safety mechanism attached to the seat. Can anyone tell me if they have experienced the same issue and if so, what was the remedy for the problem?

Thank you in advance for any assistance offered.

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July 8, 20200 found this helpful
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You have an issu with the wiring of the starter if it has started to smoke when you tried to turn the engine over yesterday. It appears that a few of your wires have burned in this area and you may need to get a new wiring harness to install in the mower. I would also check the battery and the cables to mak sure you have this attached correctly. The level under the seat is necessary for the mower to start and run.

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This is a safety switch so when the mover is started it won't move by its self and hurt you. I would make sure the wires did not get burned when you installed the new starter and there is an issue with the started because it started to smoke. You could have a defective starter. I would take it back and have it checked out.

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July 15, 20200 found this helpful
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Did you buy your mower from an individual?
Did you have it running before you bought it?
Sounds like there may be several problems here and everyone could name all sorts of things that could be causing these problems but all of this is just trial and error and may get costly when it might not need to.

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It would probably help a little if you had a manual but you'll need model number to find a manual online.

I would suggest you join one or two forums and explain all of this and maybe someone can help you know where to begin looking or trying as they will know what questions to ask where we do not.
You may have to replace the air filter, gas filters, gasoline, fuses - this is what I mean about all sorts of things could cause similar problems.

Your Yard Machine is made by MTD.

www.lawnmowerforum.com/.../

www.tractorforum.com/.../

forums.jackssmallengines.com/.../

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December 23, 2016

I got a Bolens ST125 manual tranni just last year and it ran great, no problems. I rebuilt the carb and put new oil in it. I never had any problems; the machine ran like new. I also put in a new gas pump and cleaned out the engine shroud and put a new battery in it. One day I shut it off and it would not start.

I lost all spark in both cylinders. I waited about a day and went to start it. It fired up perfectly. I went into my house and when I came back out it was off and the same thing happened. I had no spark in both cylinders. Can some one help me?

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December 29, 20161 found this helpful

Sounds like dirty spark plug trouble, or you may need a new fuel filter.

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

Are all the vents cleared? That may be the problem.

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Vents?? Do you mean cooling fins??

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January 30, 2017

I was cutting my lawn and when opening the box to let out the grass my lawn mower went dead. Nothing worked, I changed the fuse.

It has a new battery. The starter fell out of position when it stopped. Could the starter be gone?

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Sounds like you may have problems with your starter not connecting properly. Do you have your manual? If so, that would be a good place to start searching. If you do not have a manual, you will have to do your own search as we do not have your mower type or model number.

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Also, I would suggest calling your local Castle Garden dealer and see if they have any suggestions.

www.google.com/search?q=Castle+Garden+Mower+Won...

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May 22, 2015

I cleaned my fuel lines out and rebuilt the starter and put clean fuel in the gas tank and put a $50.00 battery in. It sounded like it wanted to start, but didn't. What do I do now?


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May 23, 20150 found this helpful

Did you check/change your spark plug? Is the gap set correctly, and the connection points clean?

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May 23, 20150 found this helpful

My husband fixes lawn mowers to supplement our Social Security and his says for you to check your plug and/or your carburetor.

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May 25, 20150 found this helpful

Mine won't start until I change the air filter & squirt some carb cleaner in to the carb I do that before the first mowing of the year.

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March 24, 2016

I have a Craftsman lawnmower and my problem is it won't start. I am getting spark and I'm getting gas to my carburetor, but the gas is not going into the carburetor and I didn't use it last Saturday and Sunday it stopped working and it won't start up again.


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March 26, 20160 found this helpful

Have you taken out the filter and cleaned it? When mine gets dirty, I can have all the spark in the world but it won't start until I clean the air filter.I hope this helps.

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Check the fuel bowl if the float gets stuck up it won't allow the gas to flow into the venturi thus no fuel to the piston

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September 7, 2016

My Toro #20073 mower has a new carb, new plug, and new filters. It runs fine for maybe one day, but the next it won't start unless I drain the gas tank.

The lines are good and the tank seems to be clean.

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Does your tank have a breather valve if so you need to open it otherwise the tank becomes a vacuum and will stop the fuel flow

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April 24, 2016

I took off the carb and cleaned it. I took out the air filter, changed the gas, and changed the plug. It started up. I used it for about 10 minutes and shut it off. Now it won't start again.


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September 11, 20170 found this helpful

Please let us know the make and model of the mower. It is hard to tell you what is wrong. Different mower's have different solutions for repairing them.

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June 13, 2015

I can't seem to get my lawnmower running. I spray starting fluid in the carburetor and it will run a second or two. Fuel is going through the hose leading to the carburater. I don't have a prime button. What might I do?


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January 31, 2011

I have a mower and when I pull the string sometimes it will jam up. This is killing my hand and shoulder and it also does not want to start. It tries to start, but all you see sometimes is white smoke coming out.


By bryce from Round Rock, TX

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

Glen had the same problem with a mower last summer...after discussing it with his 80 year old father we all discovered that the 'jets or jet openings' inside of the mowers carberator were plugged up from trash that had been in the gas. They pulled the carberator, cleaned out all of it around inside and out, reassembelled it and the mower has run smooth since.

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Good luck though if your like me and not mechanically inclined you may need to go to someone who does this sort of thing on the side. IT would be less costly then replacing the mower itself though!

Good luck and keep us posted on what you end p doing with your problem mower! Have a great day!

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November 8, 2010

We put the edger gas (has oil mixture) into our new Toro lawnmower. We cleaned it out, but it still won't start. Help.

By joyce Newlin from Tampa, FL

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November 8, 20100 found this helpful

If you have any gas oil mix left in the mower I would siphon it out with a turkey baster, and then put on a new spark plug. It will smoke a lot and if you tipped it to get the gas out, it might be hard to start but it has not actually hurt the mower.

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Does the mower have oil where it is supposed to?

Blessings,

Robyn

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