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Murray Riding Lawnmower Won't Start

April 13, 2011

I have a Murray 42 inch/14.5 hp tractor riding mower. I replaced the battery and spark plug, but still will not start.

By Nathaniel Morris from Bossier City, LA

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September 7, 20131 found this helpful
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Hi you have to check the safety switch and the stater solenoid. Sometimes is the safety switch is not sending the signal to start or the starter solenoid is bad. Let me know if that works.

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I have a Murray M15542 riding mower. We've replaced the starter and it ran fine a couple of times. Then it stopped running again. The fuse under the battery is good. My husband said he tried switching the safety switch wires under the seat and then it wouldn't start.

Could there be another fuse somewhere or did that mess up the battery or something else. Please help because I'll be the one to fix this! And I'm the one who does all the mowing.

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November 19, 20200 found this helpful
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The carburetor may be clogged. A clogged carburetor is most commonly caused by leaving fuel in the lawn mower for a long period of time. This sticky fuel can clog up the carburetor and cause the engine to stall. If the carburetor is clogged, try cleaning it with carburetor cleaner.
Murray may also be able to help you, and here are some vids, as well, to try and trouble shoot the problems you're having w/ your mower.
www.murray.com/.../riding-mower-troubleshooting.html
www.youtube.com/watch?v=56XSMUopNAw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFm919_jDw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKI7qI7iIBE

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July 5, 2015

My Murray 12/38 riding lawn mower won't crank over. It has a new battery and solenoid? Help?


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July 7, 20151 found this helpful
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Check the fuse under the seat for the safety switch(that makes the mower cut off if you get off the seat) I think mine was a blue fuse.

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March 12, 2015

I have model#42514XBA. It has a new battery, but won't turn over and there is no clicking? What could be the problem?

By Cathy from Starke, FL

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March 16, 20150 found this helpful
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Check the fuse connection under the seat, it is for the seat safety switch. It may have became disconnected or blew the fuse.

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June 22, 2014

I need someone to explain how to "jump" to determine if my cables, solenoid, switch, and starter are working on my Murray riding mower #42516x92.

By Hunter from Seattle, WA

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful
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Check your safety switch from the clutch it's not going all the way in have to make sure it's all the way in I try everything and did this it started right away

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I have a Murray mower, model 42515. The battery is dead and my wife hooked up the jumper cables in reverse polarity. The starter turned over for a second and when I switched cables I get nothing.


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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure your battery can hold a charge.

Step 1
Put it on the battery charger.

Step 2
Follow the negative cable to the chassis on the mower.

Step 3
Remove the bolt holding the negative cable.

Step 4
Sand the area around the bolt hole until shiny metal is visible.

Step 5
Put a layer of oil on the metal and end of cable.

Step 6
Attach the cable back to the chassis using a new bolt.

Step 7
Make sure connection is tight.

Here is the link to help you fix it:

www.ifixit.com/.../new+battery%2C+dies+everytime+mower....

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

Reversing the cables and starting the mower has damaged your starter now. You will need to fix the starter on your mower and also change your battery. I think you were lucky if this didn't damage anything else on the mower. It sounds like it has only damaged your starter and battery.

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September 4, 2019

I have a Tecumseh 20/42 Murray riding lawn mower that won't start. I have replaced one of the coils because of no spark, rebuilt the carbs, and replaced all the fuel lines.

I now have spark, compression, and fuel, but it still won't start. Any help will be appreciated. Also I was mowing the yard when it shutdown.

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March 25, 2019

I have a Murray mower model # 13a326jc058 and I have replaced the starter motor, fuses, relay switch, spark plug, battery, and filter and my lawn mower only makes a clicking sound when I turn the key. What do you think could be the problem?


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March 26, 20190 found this helpful

There is a safety switch under the seat that will only let the mower start if someone is sitting on it. Disconnect it and re-connect it.

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August 13, 2017

I have a Murray mower (model 46621X92C) with an 18hp 2 cyl Briggs and Stratton engine. I picked up grass clippings and it was running well. I turned it off and took my leaf blower and blew off the grass. When I tried to start it, the engine cranked, but would not start.

I checked and found that I was not getting a spark to the plugs. I tried several things and the engine would crank, but not start. Then the engine would not crank any more. The battery is good and the starter is good. I replaced the ignition switch. I could not find a broken or lose wire. All the switches seem to be working. If anyone has any ideas, I would really appreciate them. I am at a loss on what to do. Thanks.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

You can check your spark plug to make sure it isnt dirty or loose. Also check to see if there is any debris on your spark plug. Replace your spark plug and make sure it is tight. Also check your fuel line and make sure the fuel is reaching your engine. You can try tapping the side of your carburetor to make sure the fuel is getting in.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

My son says it can sometimes be the solenoid. Check out this video and also check answers from past postings with this problem from ThriftyFun.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKI7qI7iIBE


www.thriftyfun.com/tf94931965.tip.html

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

If the battery and the spark plugs are good, the next thing to check is the solenoid.

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I am looking for a routing diagram for the drive belt on a Murphy lawn mower.


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December 19, 2018

I have an old Murray model 309007X8A, 30" cut with a 12.5 Briggs an Stratton engine. While changing the blade on the mower I had it tilted to the side with a jack and it fell on its side and some of the oil came out of the side. I cleaned it up and took off the carb and cleaned it and replaced the gasket and gas tubes. I checked the spark plug and fuses and they are all good, as well as the battery. When I go to start it, it gives me a crank and then it stops. I go to start it again and it gives me like a half crank and then nothing. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes I try again with the same results.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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July 30, 2018

I have a 30" Murray 13AC26DJ058 rear lawnmower that will not start or even make a sound when trying to start.


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July 30, 20180 found this helpful

First carefully make sure you have no nests in the mower gumming up the works. These can cause havoc with mowers...esp mice and wasps. If it is clean, oiled and gassed up, call the company for trouble shooting tips:

murray.myfaqcenter.com/.../?p_faqid=3004

Be sure to find out if there are recalls just in case!

Let us know what you find!

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

You may need a new starter

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August 30, 2017

I have a Murray 14.5 hp 42" cut mower. It will start with the deck off, but won't with it on. What can be the problem? Thanks in advance.


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August 30, 20170 found this helpful

May have a neutral safety switch. You might have to reference or download the manual.

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August 31, 20171 found this helpful

Someone with the same problem as you on a mowing site changed out their magneto coil and their problem was solved. Here are the directions:

First off, there was a recall on those mowers due to leaking gas tank. For that check check on here. Now lets assume this got fixed;-) You need at least three things for the mower to start. Fuel, air, and a spark. Check for gas, clogged filters and collapsed lines. Check your carburetor, make sure your float is working right and that your needle valve is clean. Check all the lines for leaks and proper connection. If you are sure you do not have spark, then disconnect the Shut Off Wire at the Control Bracket and then check for spark at the Plug. If there is still no spark at the Plug, disconnect the Shut Off Wire at the Coil and check for spark. If you should still not have a spark, it is possible that your coil/or the ignition module is Bad. You can check and see that the Coil/Ign Module to flywheel gap is .020in. If you get spark at the Plug anytime during these checks, then a Safety Switch or Wire May be the Problem. The engine will turn over with a bad safety switch but will not fire. There should also be a blade safety switch, that you do not want to forget to check as well as the seat safety switch. To really isolate what is going on, I would disconnect the safety switches, bridge the wires. That way, you should be left with just the ignition circuit. If you now get spark, you know that it is one of the safety switches. reconnect one at a time and see which one causes the failure. Replace the safety switch. DO NOT OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT WITHOUT THE SAFETY FEATURES. Check the electrical diagram and see if that will help you further along. Good Luck and let us know how it is going.

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May 2, 2015

I have a Murray riding lawn mower with a 12hp Tecumseh engine. The engine cranks just fine, I have spark after replacing the coil and plug, I also have fuel after cleaning the carb and the tank and cleaning the fuel filter. My only thought after that is compression, but there is a good amount of air coming out of the muffler when the exhaust stroke comes around.

But it just wont start, is there any way to time those engines or anything or what am I missing?

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

It probably needs a valve job.

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May 13, 2019

Is there a fuse under the seat that would keep it from starting? The battery is good, as is the solenoid, and starter.


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