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Murray Riding Lawn Mower Wont Start


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07-23-13, 09:38 AM   #1  
Murray Riding Lawn Mower Wont Start

Hello, I got some excellent help with this same mower in 2007 so I am back again hoping I can get help again.

I have a Murray riding lawnmower. Its a 42" cut, shift on the go.
Model #: 42819x92A
Mfg Date/ Serial #" 94327-027526
14.5 HP

On the engine it reads:
Type: 022501
Model#: 287707
Code: 9408094A

Ok, wanted to get the numbers out first. It just won't start, not even if jumped with the car. There's nothing when you turn the ignition key. No lights either. Battery was charged, was tested good. I replaced the battery cables. Still nothing. Air filter was cleaned, fuse replaced. Oil level good. Nothing again.
My neighbor took a wrench and went down where the battery was and said he was "jumping/ bypassing the solenoid". (What ever that means.) It started to turn over slowly, but wouldn't start. I replaced the solenoid. Still nothing. I checked for broken wires but didn't find any. When it was trying to turn over it was slow. Back in 2007 I replaced the flywheel gear and it had worked great after i got help here.
I have never replaced the spark plug- can't find its location in the manuals. I have no idea what to check for next or what to do to troubleshoot this problem. I am not financially able to put it in the repair shop. Please give me any advice you can because I am currently using a push mower to cut 2 acres of grass and it takes me several hours to do it. I also need my riding mower to do other yard jobs like cleaning up tree debris. Thank you all so much.

 
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07-23-13, 08:15 PM   #2  
Doesnt really sound like a briggs motor. The numbers dont match the engine code app for briggs. Can you take a pic of it amd post it?

 
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07-23-13, 10:13 PM   #3  
That's a briggs model number for sure, in fact, it's a very common one.

Do you have a multimeter or test light?


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07-24-13, 04:33 AM   #4  
It sounds like the starter... And yes by the guy "bypassing the solenoid" and it turned the engine a bit, that meant you had a bad solenoid, so that wasn't money wasted. But your not going to get any action if that starter is dead. You can find one cheapest on eBay. Make sure they have a return policy, because if it just so happens not to be the starter you can return it. They are very very easy to install, a YouTube video will show you how easy. You know the big flat round thing on top that would spin if it did start (the fly wheel) try turning it by putting your hand flat on it and turning clockwise, if it turns a bit thats a good sign... if it doesnt turn at all, well then that might mean the motor seized.

 
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07-24-13, 09:49 AM   #5  
No, sorry, but just because it worked when the solenoid posts were shorted it doesn't mean the solenoid was bad (The new solenoid is doing the same thing)... and although it could be a starter problem, it could also be several other problems. With a test light or meter we can find out what is going on.


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07-24-13, 12:08 PM   #6  
Thank you all for your help, Cheese you have helped me greatly before so i am grateful.

Yes when i turn the fin thing on top of the engine it does spin.

Yes I do have a tester or my neighbor does just let me know what to check/ look for. Thanks.

 
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07-25-13, 12:10 AM   #7  
Check for power before and after the fuse. If 12 volts at both, check for power at the wire plugged on to the bottom of the solenoid while trying to crank it. Report what you find and we'll go to the next step depending on your results.


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