Mower Won't Start?

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.


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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January 19, 20160 found this helpful

This advice is a bunch of alarmist bull crash. Proper diagnostic analysis, should start by eliminating the easiest, most cost effective possibilities before, the most expensive/complex repair, should be attempted.


This guy is advising you to completely overhaul your motor, before suggesting that you inspect the "kill" switches. If the battery's charge (sent by turning the key) gets interrupted before reaching the starter by one of the "kill"switches; you'll hear a snapping noise, caused by the ignition discharging "spark" into the frame.
File wiring
Kill switches for riding mowers locations as follows:

Under seat-Rider SAFETY switch
Under clutch- requires a depressed clutch to start
Under blade engagement lever-must be disengaged.

Look under the fender and be sure that the the wires and switches are all connected properly.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

I had that same problem. Turned out to be a bad starter.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

If you think that a click is cause by carburetor then leave your troubles to a pro... a click is either a lack of power, the starter or battery...


see if the motor will turn by hand... if so check the battery charge then the starter... carbs heard it all now

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

Check the starter first make sure it's not stuck. Rotate the top of the fly wheel if it doesn't rotate then that's your problem

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September 1, 20210 found this helpful

You don't mix oil with gas in a riding mower, unless it's a two stroke !

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July 3, 20150 found this helpful

If your mower "just clicks" , the click is the solenoid engaging. There are several reasons this could be happening.
1. The battery is weak and doesn't have enough power to turn the starter.


2. The starter is bad and will not turn over the engine.
3. The solenoid is bad and is engaging - the click - but isn't transferring the power to the starter.
4. if all of the previous item check out o.k. It could be a locked up (seized) engine.

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June 2, 20160 found this helpful

could be push rods too tight

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December 5, 20150 found this helpful

No spark the plug will not fire

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December 23, 20161 found this helpful

Is the starter getting hot?

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January 1, 20170 found this helpful

turn the top of mower by hand to see if it's froze up. Sometimes spinning the top gets some oil in there and un freezes it

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

I have a13.5 go Murray. I tried to start. It turned over about 1/2 turn and then stops hard, like seized up. Turn belt pulley, same thing. It started good last nite but now NOTHING now. James in NM.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Well this happened to my lawn mower and to start it I have to put the positive jumper cable on the positive side of the battery then just clip it to the nut on the side of the starter for it to start. Make sure the key is on and it should work it is a problem with the electrical system and does not need to be fixed if you can deal with the minor inconvenience of starting it with jumper cables.


It will still turn off when you turn the key off. p.s. you must use the battery attached to the mower you can not use any battery and you must make sure you find someway to shut the sensor that says you are in the seat whether it be cutting the wire or disconnecting the spring that holds to plates together when you sit down so it will turn on.

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May 23, 20190 found this helpful

If your lawn mower just clicks when you turn it over, it may be that the grounding wire isn't correctly grounded. This happened to me, and all I had to do was adjust it, where it was connected to the battery.

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