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Craftsman Riding Mower Starter

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06-03-13, 10:40 AM   #1  
Craftsman Riding Mower Starter

I've got a Craftsman rider with a 16 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. I think the starter is bad, but I'm not sure. It engages and turns the engine until it reaches full compression and then stops. If you push the engine past with the starter engaged it will turn until it hits compression again. It does this even when jump starting it. I've taken the starter aprart and cleaned it and the brushes look good. Is it possible that there's bad insulation in the starter coil and it's just too weak to turn the engine? Thanks, Jeff.

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06-03-13, 11:23 AM   #2  
How old is the battery? If more than 3-4 years, I would replace it regardless, and if only a year or two old would still have it load tested; your local auto parts stores and some lawn equipment dealers are equipped to do this. Again, this is a load test, not simply checking the voltage, but checking it under load. starters do go bad, but batteries go bad many times over. Also check all of your connections. Jumper cables are handy, and even a necessity sometimes, but are not conclusive in identifying a problem of this nature.

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06-03-13, 11:41 AM   #3  
Adjust the valves ,,the valves are too loose and not allow them to work the compression release.

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06-03-13, 07:44 PM   #4  
Agreed, adjust the valves, the starter is fine.

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