Riding Mower Won't Start

I have an 8yr old 42" Craftsman riding tractor that won't start. It will turn over a few seconds then stop and begin clicking. Once I was able to start it after I placed both hands flat on the thing that turns when you turn the key on and manually turned it a little. But I can't get it to work this time.

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It turns a little then is tight and very hard to turn. Once I get it past the hard turn it loosens and turns easily a little, but tightens again. It makes me want to spray it with WD-40. But I don't want to do the wrong thing. I'm a female and don't know the correct name of parts...so patience please.

By Connie B.

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Anonymous
February 7, 20161 found this helpful
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There are safety devices installed: you must weigh enough to compress the switch in the seat, you must have the shifter in nuetral or park, the belt lever must be disengaged. If after ensuring all of that is done and you still have the same problem, then there are only a couple of things it could be. I will list them according to probability: low battery( you can jump it with your car or charge it up, if it had last seasons fuel in it then it should be drained completely, and lastly your starter could be dragging because of age. Good luck.

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October 22, 20140 found this helpful

Try charging the battery or replacing it. Sounds exactly like what mine did and it ended up being the battery. As soon as I swapped it out it fired right up.

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July 22, 20150 found this helpful

I am having the exact same problem with my craftsman mower and I am wondering if you were ever able to figure it out. If so please let me know what you found out. Thank you!

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August 31, 20151 found this helpful

I'm having the same problem even after buying a new battery and spark plug. It was able to be boosted to start and for several weeks did that each time I mowed.

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But now it won't boost. It will turn over a few seconds then stop. Any suggestions? How can I know if it's the starter or something else.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Replace the starter solenoid left side mounted to inner frame

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Anonymous
November 11, 20150 found this helpful

Make sure your battery is charged up. Pull the spark plugs and see if it turns over easily. If it does then the starter is good but your valves probably needs adjusting. Check the valves to see if they are 3 to 5 thousands of an inch at TDC of the power stroke. Adjust if necessary.

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Anonymous
January 21, 20160 found this helpful

The valves need to be adjusted. When they are out of adjustment it becomes too difficult for the starter to turn the engine over.

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There are youtube videos on how to do this. A repair shop can do it for you. Your mower should turn over after that.

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January 21, 20160 found this helpful

The valves are likely out of adjustment. There are youtube videos on this an excellent source for fun how to videos are Taryly Fixes All on youtube.

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Anonymous
January 26, 20160 found this helpful

The slipjam starter relay is probably in the 'up' position. You need to knock it back 180 deg. with a ball peen hammer.

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Anonymous
February 6, 20160 found this helpful

It mite be the coder pin on the cord pully

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

its your valves they need adjusting

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Anonymous
September 7, 20170 found this helpful

Mine acts the same and I checked the gap on the valves and they were still the same as when I had adjusted them in the spring. I also changed the spark plug. It was running just fine, just a little rough. I parked it for the night and the next day it was doing like hers

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