15 HP Kohler OHV Bound on start

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Old 07-25-08, 05:00 PM
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15 HP Kohler OHV Bound on start

I have a Craftsman Tractor with a 15 HP Kohler OHV engine. It binds up after a few revolutions on start-up and will not start. I can then turn the flywheel by hand to free it up and start it with the key. Any Thoughts?
 
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Old 07-25-08, 09:38 PM
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Once it's started, does the engine run OK?

If so, I'd think there's something wrong with the starter. A bad bushing on the armature or a worn Bendix might let it bind. It might even be something simple, like loose mounting bolts.
 
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