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Craftsman Lawn Tractor starter spins but won't rise to engage flywheel

by Manage My Life
July 2nd, 2010

I own a Craftsman LT2000 Lawn Tractor with a Kohler Pro 17 OHP engine model number 917 273140. In the last week, I have replaced the battery, solenoid and starter. The starter spins but the bendix does not engage and the starter gear does not rise up to meet the flywheel. I get the same results but less reliably with the old starter. I even tried connecting the battery directly to the old starter with the same result. I was afraid to try this with the new starter as I did not want to damage the starter. The volt meter registers approximately 11 volts going into the starter.

My boyfriend who is an ex-auto mechanic came over to look at it. He thinks there may be a resistor that is bad somewhere. My dad and brother think the new starter is bad.

Any suggestions?

Craftsman , Lawn Tractors , Lawn Mowers
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afritz afritz
Hi, I understand completely how frustrating trying to fix something and it not work can be especially when you have tried over and over and nothing seems to fix the problem. A suggestion that I have for you while you are waiting for a response from an expert is visiting the Sears Home Services website it has troubleshooting information and tips. If you are interested in viewing the site I have provided the link below for you. Hope this helps!
by afritz afritz Earned 1,250 community points in Craftsman
July 2nd, 2010
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