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Repairing a Lawn Mower

November 30, 2020

My mower makes a purring sound and will not turn over. I replaced the battery, spark plugs, and air filters with no luck.


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November 30, 20201 found this helpful
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If you are turning over the key and it makes a purring sound this normally indicates that is an issue with the starter or the starter cables on the lawnmower. Anytime the starter will tick or purr there is a problem in the starter of a machine just like in your car. You can have your starter checked at most auto parts stores. I would check the starter and do a starter test. You can usually bypass a lawnmower starter and start the mower using a screwdriver. Try this to see if you can bypass the starter or the starter switch to make sure there is an issue with your starter.

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December 1, 20200 found this helpful
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It's possible it could also be your solenoid but that may just make a clicking noise.
There are just so many different things that could cause this to happen and it is difficult to keep asking question like;
have you used your mower this year? Has it had a good cleaning, especially removing old fuel from last year? Why did you decide to buy a new battery and was the old one tested before replacing it?

All I'm saying is there are so many variables that could cause this that I would suggest you talk to a lawn mower 'expert' as they would know what questions to ask and could provide you with step by step instructions on what to try next.
I have some links to lawn mower forums and these people really help a lot of people with mower problems (you see, you are not alone with this type of thing). You can decide on any one forum but if you do not get an answer quickly you can always go to another one (usually they answer right away).
You do have to join the group but that should be no problem. Keep in touch with them as you are most likely going to need them again sometime in the future.
thelawnforum.com/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=9140989bb45e07c68268722b8506d882
www.lawnmowerforum.com/.../?type=post
gardentractortalk.com/.../

www.houzz.com/.../lawn-mowers

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April 14, 2011

I bought a Yard King Performance 42580X89 from my landlord. I went to go mow the lawn and noticed a large vibration and a loud coming from deck. The jackshaft threads are stripped for the right side of the deck. What can I do to repair/replace the jackshaft?

By Geoff from Morganton, NC

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

Talk to your landlord. He must have known he was selling you a defective machine.

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

If that doe'nt work visit a small engine repair shop and ask them. They will share the information you need.

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks I'll try it out. I just need to do something and quick grass is growing up quick. Thanks again.

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

I asked my husband about your mower problem. He says if the jackshaft is the part that holds the blade in place, you will need to replace it. The blade could fly off if the shaft is bent or broken.

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October 21, 2015

While mowing today with my Craftsmen 15.5 lawn tractor the engine all of a sudden wanted to over-rev big time. The only way I could stop it was to shut off the ignition or choke the carbuerator. Now when I start it, it wants to overrev from the get go. I cannot throttle it back Any advice appreciated.

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November 6, 20150 found this helpful

somthing is wrong with the throtle governer. Sometimes its a mechanical type inside the crank case somtimes its a air vane type near the flywheel.

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December 15, 20150 found this helpful

It may be starving for gas. Add C-foam to the gas. It will clean the varnish in the carburetor.

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January 8, 20160 found this helpful

messed up govenor

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May 30, 2016

What wires do you disconnect and reconnect for a Craftsman riding lawn mower safety switches? Please help.


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April 19, 2016

When I try and move my speed lever the braking system engages. I have no clue what's going on!


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July 7, 2011

While I was mowing, the front suspension came off and the mower drive belt broke. After replacing the belt when I started the engine and the blades started moving, one of the pulleys was very hot, and the engagement handle was very difficult to move.

By gary1 from Roseville, CA

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

After a visit to a professional, the lever may still be hard to engage, but eventually mine loosened up. Not sure about the other implications.

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July 9, 20110 found this helpful

Front suspension? If it came down? Are you talking mower deck if so, up front there are some pivot points make sure they are lined up. Make sure you pulled all the dried grass. BTW you can get a big fire when the pulley gets hot. BTDT carry a fire extinguisher in back pack

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November 30, 2007

I have replaced the starter drive on my Briggs & Stratton engine on my craftsman mower. To do this I had to have a special tool for the removal of the c-ring and a special tool for the replacement of the c-ring, which I accomplished successfully. How do you replace the two long bolts back through the starter. I can get everything lined up but can't seem to get the bolt close enough to get the threads started?



Jude from Atlanta

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By Angela (Guest Post)
December 3, 20070 found this helpful

If you want to do your own repairs on your mower I suggest you obtain a copy of GREGORY'S No.426, SMALL ENGINES SERIES 2 SERVICE AND REPAIR MANUAL. To assist in identifying, there are four rewind type starters used Briggs & Stratton have names them Vertical Pull, Horizontal Pull, Quantum Power and Side Mount.

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April 6, 20110 found this helpful

I had probs with my mower and went to you tube. Typed in mower wont start and there were plenty of videos showing you how to do repairs. got mine going by watching the videos. Hope this helps

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May 18, 2017

I have 21 HP Briggs and Stratton. The gas is blowing in the head and in the oil. What is causing that?


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October 27, 2016

How do I change the belt on a Yard Machine model #13A1762F026?


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July 25, 2016

I have a 42" Yardman tractor with a 6 speed manual shift. It runs fine, no issues. The only problem now is that it will climb a grade at first, but the more I mow the less it moves until it stops rolling.

Reverse is no problem. Is the belt too loose after using or is there an adjustment?

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July 22, 2016

I have a Briggs 21 horsepower mower. The starter still gets hot. I put in a new battery and a new starter and it still gets hot. What's wrong with it?


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July 6, 2016

I have a Special Edition 18 HP Yard Machine riding mower Model # MTDC3BQ695H352 and need to replace a 90 inch belt. I have a new belt and need a diagram to help with the replacement. Do know where I can find a diagram?


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August 10, 20170 found this helpful

I have located the instruction for replacing your belt on the lawn mower. You can follow the directions here: www.mtdparts.com/.../change-riding-mower-drive-belt

Or it is possible to watch a YouTube video to see how they do it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUTMrv_Ibvo

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May 3, 2016

How do you bypass the electric brakes on an ExMark mower? Mine lock up and I have replaced the module twice.


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May 4, 20160 found this helpful

Ask the manufacturer how to do it.

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February 11, 2016

When I go to start my Murray 20 horse twin riding mower I hear a metal on metal clunk just before it starts. It only does it on the first start when it's cold.

I can restart after it warms up and I don't hear the clunk. Does the starter have to be replaced?

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February 2, 2016

Do you have to pull the flywheel to replace the starter on a Craftsman LT 2000 mower? It has the 18hp Intek engine.
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February 9, 20160 found this helpful

The answer is NO you dont have to pull the flywheel.Just pull the top cover take two bolts out disconnect the wire and reverse the order to install the new one :)

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October 25, 2015

We have a older rear engine 36" cutting Snapper riding mower. It cranks and runs good. The moment the blade is engaged the engine bogs or slows down. It doesn't shut off, just slows really down. You can mow like this, but it takes awhile. We were wondering what could be causing it to do this? Thanks.


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October 26, 20150 found this helpful

It most likely needs the drive belt replaced. It maybe stretched, especially if it has mowed wet grass

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