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I have an MTD 42a707 18.5 hp riding lawnmower. The engine turns over plenty fast, it is getting gas, and has new spark plugs, but is not getting a spark. Does that model have a coil?
By Craig from Zimmerman, MN
If you're not starting and the plug is firing good, it's likely the "anti-backfire valve" has taken a dump. It screws into the bottom of the carb and has a couple of wires on a plug attached. Remove and replace.
The drive pulley on my MTD riding lawn mower broke. I removed the bolt that holds it on. Do I have to have a "puller" to remove the pulley or just will power and a hammer?
R.Wilson from Emmett, ID
I wouldn't think twice. Slap a puller on it.
If you are going to be fixing things like this you really should have a set of three-jaw pullers.
A pulley "puller" is a good idea. Harbor-Freight in Spokane on Sprague and Sullivan has them.
Look for a product called, "Fluid Film" at hardware or farm store. It's based on lanolin/wool wax, and is the best stuff I've ever found for getting really difficult parts to release. Give it about 15 minutes to work after application, and you should have a lot better luck removing the part. A puller would be nice, but two pieces of hardwood will generally work, too.
i have a 1994 mtd 18 horse lawn tractor. it has a 6 speed control, it's stuck in the third speed and can't start the engine.
My 14 hp. MTD riding lawn mower will only start with a charger attached at 75 amp jump start setting even with a new fully charged battery. How do I know if it is the solenoid or the starter? I do hear a single click noise each time I turn the key. The starter is warm after trying a few times which lends me to believe it is the starter. Thanks for any suggestions.
If its clicking its probably the starter solenoid
is it like this?
The MTD company has a troubleshooting page for all their products: http://www.mtdp … t_10500_20500_-1
Thank you attosa. That is exactly how it is acting. I will test it to be sure but I think that is it.
My right back tire is flat, I took off the screw, but can't pull off the tire. Is it supposed to come off from the front of the wheel? In other words are the things that look like washers just frozen because of rust? Or does it pull off from the back of the tire?
By Linda W. from Salt Lake City, UT
I have a John Deere but I believe removing the rear tire from your machine would be the same. The wheel is held on with a snap ring. You will need a special pair of pliers to remove the snap ring. You should be able to buy the pliers at an auto store. The ring looks like a washer except it has a piece cut out and two holes drilled into the washer near the opening. The pliers have two prongs that fit into the holes. Squeezing the pliers expand the ring so you can remove it. You could also visit a riding mower repair shop and they will help you. They should be listed in the phone book.
Don't think that has a snap ring if not lots of pb blaster and I hooks an good size puller
I'm having trouble putting the front tire back on a riding lawn mower which has a snap ring type thing on it but it dose not have any holes for the snap ring pliers. It looks like it should snap on if you push it but there is not room to push it and I didnt take it off so I dont know how it came off just trying to use the mower, i tried using a washer on the outside just to push it on but didnt work. anysuggestions? I have never worked on anything before just learning and need to get it on Thanks frustrated
I have a 18hp MTD mower that won't turn over. I've replace the starter switch, starter solenoid, and safety switch, as well as replaced the 7.5 amp fuse. Any ideas?
Chuck G. from CA
I usually try spraying a little carb cleaner in as I turn the key. You can try the fuel filter and make sure your gas is still good after sitting all winter.
I was having the same problem. It turns out that a piece of cord was wrapped so tightly around the blade shaft that it was frozen there. Cutting wet grass has jammed my blade also.
Have you checked your spark plug for carbon, that would be my next check, then the fuel filter to see if it's clogged.
My MTD RH115B ride-on mower developed a problem last year where the drive belts for the blade and wheels repeatedly came off.
I had it serviced twice last summer by a local plant-hire company, the second time specifically to address this issue. However last weekend I used it for the first time this year and the drive belt for the wheels came off three times in half an hour. The last time the belt for the rear wheels - under the seat - went under the belt wheel and I cannot get it back on without removing the belt wheel. It has what looks like a nut on the top, but turing it just turns the wheel. How do I get the wheel off to replace the belt and why would the belts keep coming off?
Here is the website from the company for troubleshooting: http://www.mtdp … mower-drive-belt
It seems involved. You have to take off a lot of parts. They recommend putting them in the order you took them off in order to get them back on correctly.
Thanks for that. Looks like I'd got as far as step 5 before I gave up. When I try to loosen the nut ( as described ) the 'pulley' just turns with the nut. Don't know how to fix the pulley in order to turn the nut. There is a small hole in it that I've seen be used on other machinery to stop a part turning but it's not obvious how in this case.
The engine starts with no problem, but begins to surge, RPMs up and down. Why?
You might need to clean its carbs
it drives ok in reverse but not forward
My MTD ride on mower will start and drive with no problem, but as soon as I lower the blade to cut the grass the fuse blows causing the mower to cut out. Has anyone any idea why this is happening?
You're belts under the lawn mower are to tight or to loose or the spindle is lose they must be bolt drive tight.
Sound like to me I have a pinch wire under the mower when I lower it it make a ground who's pinchingna wire causing the wire to ground out an there for blowing the fuse, but I could be wrong.
My MTD 660 (about 10 years old) stalls when making a left turn. I've looked for rubbed wires, been over the steering column and linkages, and checked the safeties. I weigh almost 300 lbs, so the seat switch isn't the problem. I've never run into something like this! Recommendations?
I had that problem once with a car. It was the carburetor.
I needed to replace the ignition switch on my Bolens riding mower. I never had a picture of which wires went to which tabs on the back of the ignition so now I don't know which wire goes where. Please help. It is a 13WC762065 Bolens lawn tractor by MTD.
If you google Bolens Ingition Switch diagrams you will find plenty of images. However, I think it would be best to watch the film on YouTube of how to change your ignition switch. You can see the film here:
https://www.you … ch?v=vALZezVBrI4
How do I change the PTO cable on my MTD riding mower, and how do I get the cover thing completely off from under the seat? I took out the four screws that I could see and the one under the foot rest area. But, it still won't come off. Of course I disconnected the battery and took it out.
I found out that there are two screws under the big sticker in the middle of the floorboard thing that is in between the seat and the steering wheel. I took them out and was able to change the PTO cable. It's still a b#tch to get the spring off and back on from under the left side of the seat.
My MTD model Briggs & Stratton engine 42A707 (700) won't start but keeps spinning. It stops running and will not run again. I replaced the fuel filter, drained off the fuel, and replaced the Magnetron unit. I have also replaced the spark plugs and cleaned the air filter. The choke opened and closed nicely, suddenly it cranked and started for 5 seconds and went dead. It still cranks but just won't start. The battery is new. I noticed that I can crank the engine when I have the gear in forward or reverse without pressing the clutch. Any idea what happen here? Please help, thanks!
By pengteo from Redmond, WA
I recommend that you have the mower serviced by a qualified mech. It sounds like you have an electrical issue in the safety switches.
I am looking for a wiring harness for a 1997 MTD Power Pro lawnmower, model number - 13al452f120.
By Gary from Gadsden, AL
I went to mtdproducts.com put in your part number 13AL452F120 and the return answer was no such part number. Why not call MTD at 1-800-269-6215.
My Lawn Boy MTD 13AO672G120 suddenly shifted into the fastest gear. It made for an exciting ride back through the woods on trails, but I can't get it out of that gear. It starts fine, but even in reverse, goes shooting out of the garage in the fastest gear. Any ideas on a fix? The brakes don't slow it down. The brake spring was gone, but I replaced it with no results.
I have a Yard Machine riding lawnmower (Model # 13A176F729). I just purchased it used. I believe I'm having an intermittent problem with the PTO belt. I get the "vacuum noise" when the mower is cutting. About 30 seconds later, that noise disappears, and the mower stops cutting. The mower still moves, but it won't cut. Then, I get the noise and it cuts. A few seconds later, the noise goes away, and the mower won't cut.
Do I need to replace a belt or two?
How do you check the electric clutch on a MTD riding mower? Mine seems to have a lot of free play. Is this normal?
By Kevin P.
I have a 42" 7 speed MTD Gold riding mower with a 19 hp Kohler engine. I can not get it to start. I have checked the fuel filter, replaced the battery and the spark plug and cleaned the carberator. When I hit it with some starter fluid, it cranks but just falls dead, then won't start again. The last time is did start was last summer. My son tried to jump it, but inverted the positive and the negative cables. Any ideas?
By Duane C
I've got an older MTD Yard Machine 17 and a half horsepower, 46 inch cut. I need to know how to put the belt on the deck. It has three blades and I cannot figure out how to intertwined the belt through all the pulleys. I need a diagram.
By Scott from JC, MO
Where is the gizmo on my 16.5 MTD riding mower (15 yrs old about) that will let me push it out of gear. It is stuck in a field and won't start up so. I need to push it. Thank you very much.
My garden tractor blows the fuse only when I turn it off.
By Kent W
I have replaced the belts, but the tractor still will not move. Could it be the transmission?
By Tim B.
How do I adjust the belts so that my gears are all useable? I have a MTD.
By Elli from Nanango
My MTD riding mower keeps throwing the rear drive belt. It is a 14hp, 38 inch cut. It is fine on level ground, but seems to throw the belt on a decline or when turning on an uneven area. I replaced both drive belts in April and started having this problem in early June.
By Tom O.
How do I install a deck engagement cable on my MTD mower?
I have a Yard Machine MTD Special Edition, 18 HP Briggs and Stratton. I have installed a new battery, solenoid, and new battery cables. I checked all of the safety switches. When I try to start the engine with the key I get a chatter from the solenoid. I have started the engine by using a battery with jumping cables. What could be wrong?
By Bruce from Marion, IN
I have a MTD lawn tractor 600series, 42in. It suddenly stoped moving. The engine is still running and the deck is running fine, but the car won't move forward and backward. I checked the gear, it appears to be attached to transaxle just fine. I also checked on the R.H spring part and it appears to be fine. Can anyone help? Do you think the transaxle (part number 618-0163) is done? Thanks.
By pengteo from Redmond
Both bearings blew out on the double pulley above the deck on my 1996 MTD riding mower. Are they different sizes?
By Jeff Lee H
I have a 14.5 hp MTD yard machine and it is stuck in gear. How can I get it out of gear? Thanks.
How do I go about changing the front belt on a MTD task force riding lawn mower?
By swalker125 from Lecanto, FL
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I have a 12hp 38inch MTD riding tractor. The engine drags really slow when trying to start and drains the battery after a few tries. Do I need a new battery or new starter? Can anyone help?
I am not sure about yours; but mine was doing that, too. My husband noted that the choke was not working; so now I just manually "choke" the engine as I start it, and it starts every time. (04/04/2010)
Start with the battery. Most parts stores will load test them at no fee. (05/01/2010)
I am in the process of repairing a 1997 MTD 18HP lawn mower. I am having a problem putting the carburetor back together properly. Does anyone know where or have some pictures I can look at? Thanks for any help.
Adam from Fishers, IN
Check the diaphragm in the front of the carburetor, it could be dried out. That's if it is a twin cycle. I'm sure that is your problem, I have fix plenty of those. (05/16/2007)
By Stan the man
If it is clicking I'm sure its the solenoid. Also check the starter and make sure the starter drive is not stuck in the fly wheel. (05/16/2007)
By Stan the man
I have a MTD 18 HP riding lawnmower. I have changed the battery, ignition, fuse, and spark plugs. I have checked the starter and flywheel and they seem fine. I still can't get the mower to turn over. Does anyone have any ideas on what else to try to at least get the mower to turn over?
Robbie from TIMBERLAKE, NC
We had the same problem with our MTD riding lawnmower. Turns out, the NEW battery we purchased from Walmart - was a bad battery. Returned it, got another one and it started right up! (04/11/2006)
Check your magneto. If it's too far from the fly wheel, it won't spark at all. (04/11/2006)
3 essential things needed for any petrol engine compression, Fuel and spark compression take out spark plug and put thumb over spark plug hole and turn over should feel pressure if none possibly leaking valves may need to be regrinded or rings going.You need compression to draw petrol into engine.Next check that fuel is getting to moter if the moter has been turned over with spark plug in it should be wet with fuel otherwise if spark plug dry suspect fuel blockage follow the fuel line make sure filters are cleared and will need to dismantle jets in carby and blow out with compressor or foot pump if fuel is getting thru check spark by undoing spark plug and with lead attached short against metal part of mower and turn engine overs if no spark will need to check points gap try a new condenser if it has one set magneto gap distance is a cigarette paper width.Clean the magneto with fine sandpaper esp coil points some moters have electronic coils.If still no spark replace spark plug as could be faulty.One tip do not keep turning over engine unless you put some form of lubrication in as you will damage the rings.If moter has the electronic ignition you will have to get that tested at the mower dealer or auto electrician as requires special tools hope that helps i fix mowers as a hobby havent found any that i havent been able to figure out what was wrong with them.Using the above simple diagnostics.brent nz nz (04/12/2006)
By brent new zealand
It could be the safety connections.For example on my riding mower the is a connection under the seat when disconnected will not turn over the mower.If you have the owners manuel look to see where these connections are or trace them by eye to make sure all are connected and making contact. (04/12/2006)
Brent New Zealand says: check spark by undoing spark plug and with lead attached short against metal part of mower and turn engine overs if no spark will need to check...
Question: HOW do you do this in detail? Take the spark plug all the way off...and THEN attach some sort of wire to the spark plug connector?...and then touch part of the mower with the wire? (08/16/2006)
Turns out mine was the crank shaft the hole not drilled all the way through for oil flow, trying to get Briggs & Straton to stand behind faulty craftman ship.
If I would have used cheap oil it would have locked up sooner. Just over 100 hrs. but 4 years old (08/16/2006)
I have an MTD Tradesman 18.5 HP and I cannot get the fuel to flow through the fuel line. I have checked the fiel line for a blockage from the fuel tank to the fuel filter, changed the fuel filter, and checked the fule line from the filter to the carb????? I can get it to start if I put a little fuel in the carb but it will only run for 15 sec. or so and I cannot see any fuel coming through the filter? I can blow air into the fuel tank through the fuel line but I cannot get it to flow into the line from the tank??? Any thoughts? (03/07/2007)
check the ignition switch contacts. Pull the switch out, clean contacts. We just got a free one from a friend and it wouldn't start. He had to jump start it. That was all that was wrong with it (plus a totally clogged air filter). Worked for us. (03/19/2007)
I have a Power Pro 12 HP IC riding mower. Model #12AL452F120 SER#3B19711-0214. A large spring came loose under the rider and from the deck. I put the mower on lifts and thought that I had the correct area that it went into. However, the entire mower can not be moved even out of gear and in neutral. The mower was having starting problems recently and I had to open the cover and hand turn the top of the motor until it felt like it would release and then it would turn over. Any ideas or suggestions for me to repair this? (05/10/2007)