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

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?

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by afritz afritz Earned 13,820 community points in Craftsman
July 2nd, 2010
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