craftsman mower, starter not engaging

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Old 11-14-11, 07:56 AM
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craftsman mower, starter not engaging

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I have a 5 year old Craftsman lawn tractor, 21hp, 42" deck. I had it out the other day, no problem mowing the lawn. The next time I tried to start it up, nothing happened. I went through the usual, has new battery, all levers where they need to be, etc. So far I have installed a new sparkplug, then a new solenoid, and a new starter. When I try to turn on the tractor now, the starter gear turns and makes a buzzing sound but never rises up to catch the flywheel gear. If I try to engage the two gears, then start the tractor, it seems the starter gear still just drops down and spin uselessly. I followed all the directions for placing the new starter, as ordered from Sears. New starter looks exactly like the old one. Gears don't appear to be stripped. If I use my hand or a screwdriver, the flywheel gear does turn without too much trouble. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 11-14-11, 09:17 AM
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Are you certain the battery isn't connected backwards? This will cause the starter to turn backwards and do as you describe.
 
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Old 11-14-11, 10:13 AM
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I'll bet you purchased a standard battery when Craftsman's require a "reverse terminal" battery...positive and negative posts are opposite normal batteries.
 
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Old 11-14-11, 07:59 PM
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I'll have to check... It isn't the first time I put a battery in this mower, but I'll admit I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention when I put the battery in.
 
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Old 11-15-11, 06:45 AM
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Aha! So... Once I got the battery connected the right way, everything else worked like it is supposed to. Thanks!
 
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Old 11-15-11, 09:34 AM
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Good news and thanks for the update.
 
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