LT1000 won't start!

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Old 05-13-13, 08:01 AM
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LT1000 won't start!

the battery kicks the solenoid in,the solenoid kicks the starter in but not enough to crank the motor. I've cleaned battery post and checked all connections. is the starter a possibility?
 
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Old 05-13-13, 09:23 AM
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It's a possibility, but not a likelyhood. What engine do you have? Assuming your battery is good, I would think you need to adjust the valves on the engine.
 
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Old 05-13-13, 06:08 PM
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18ohv intek briggs model no.917.274390 The engine turns easily by hand. I got it started this morning it ran for about 5 sec. then back to the same thing.
 
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I want to fix this issue before doing a tune-up, oil change sharpen the blades ect. trying to help a friend of mine.
 
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Old 05-13-13, 08:58 PM
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Adjust the valves before anything else. That is required periodic maintenance on these engines and not cranking is one of the symptoms that show when they haven't been maintained. The battery could be bad, or even the starter, but I doubt it's the starter (unless someone has been hitting it). Start with the valves and we'll go from there, moving to checking the battery next if needed.
 
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I'd be charging up the battery first before doing anything with the valves.
I own 3, lawn mowers and have mowed at least 7 yards every week for the past 10 years and have never once adjusted the valves on a lawn mower.
Mower batterys do not last very long, concider yourself luck if you can get 3 seasons out of them.
 
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Old 05-14-13, 07:24 AM
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Maybe your engines don't require periodic adjustment, but this one does. I say do the valves first, because it is required maintenance anyway. It needs to be done or it will either begin to not start, and/or wear out the camshaft. Recommending not to adjust them is poor advice. If the valves need adjustment, but a new battery is just good enough to make it start, it will continue to run with too much clearance, beating down the lobes of the camshaft.
 
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Battery said was bought last year. battery showed 12.06 volts.will dig back into it this evening. Glad i own a Kubota BX25 !LOL will let you know what i find out!
 
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Even though the battery shows 12.06 volts it may not have any Cold Cranking Amps. If CCA amps are not there engine will not crank and if you have an engine that hangs up at start because of valve adjustment is off you will go through a battery every year! Also the 18.0 HP engine is a problem child and valves should be adjusted EVERY year on this engine,,why this is unknown. Ask Briggs. I think it has to do with the cylinder head design. A mystery to me but all I know anyone that owns a 17, 17.5, and 18.0 and 18.5 have problems with the valves. Good luck.
 
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battery & valves thats the direction i am taking ! thanks for the advice.
 
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the valves were checked and ok.Once in a while when you shut the motor off and you try to start it again it will not turn the motor over. you can take your hand and turn the motor manually 1/2 turn and it will start right up. when running it sounds good. brand new battery 340cca die hard goldseries any ideas what is causing this?
 
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When checking the valves what did you check them at?? Adjust both to .005 and that should take out that having to turn it by hand a 1/2 a turn.
 
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