Starter not engaging the flywheel

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Old 04-22-15, 03:10 PM
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Starter not engaging the flywheel

I have a 2012 Craftsman YT 4500 riding more with a 26hp Briggs and Stratton engine. I actually have two problems. I have a short causing my fuse to blow. But also if I try to jump start the mower by crossing the sylinoid the starter spins yet the coggle doesn't spin the gear up to engage the flywheel. Replaced the sylinoid and the starter both. Also has new battery. Any advise, not a mech. Just trying to help an widow woman get her
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Old 04-22-15, 03:14 PM
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With the starter removed to you see missing teeth on the fly wheel?
 
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Old 04-22-15, 03:55 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You replaced the solenoid and starter and still have the same problem ?
 
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Old 04-22-15, 04:02 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Which fuse keeps blowing? Why are you having to jump across the solenoid to actuate the starter? You are saying the bendix gear does not travel upward at all? New starter?
 
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Yes, I can see starter turning, and no their is no teeth missing on flywheel.
 
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The 20 amp fuse, their is a short somewhere , and so just to try and get the mower to start I have tried jumping across the solenoid. And correct the bendix gear doesn't travel up
 
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The fuse is blowing for a reason. That reason could be contributing to the no start condition. What does the 20 amp fuse protect?
 
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Well new solved the engaging part to the starter, but afraid it created a issue electrical. As I stated this mower belongs to a wifi lady and she had a young man come and change the battery out and I just noticed he had battery on backwards. Reversed cables and now starter engaging. How ever appears that it isn't firing. Key doesn't do anything when turned and it blowed the fuse as soon as it is put in. However u can jump across sylinoid and make starter engage now. Any recommendations???
 
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Sorry spelling sucks, typing on my iPhone and spell check doesn't always work in your favor
 
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Old 04-22-15, 05:45 PM
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I was about to suggest checking to be sure the battery wasn't connected backwards, lol. It happens.

When the battery was connected backwards, it likely fried the coil and possibly the alternator. This would be the reason for the blowing fuse and engine not starting.
 
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I can understand the coil possibly fried, but the key doesn't work, and the light don't come on either. Would that also be a symptom to the alternator being bad. Also where is alternator located and do you have any idea how much the coil and a alternator would cost?
 
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Old 04-22-15, 10:57 PM
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The key won't work if the fuse is blowing. The alternator is under the flywheel. You can unplug it and if the fuse doesn't blow then you know it's the problem. The plug is the one with a red and black wire in a rectangular connector near the starter. I think new ones are $80 or so if I remember right. Most small engine shops will have used ones. They don't usually go bad, so putting a used one on is as good as putting a new one on.
 
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I converted a mower with a recoil engine to and electric start engine last year and one of the casualties of my re-wiring was the ignition coil when a minor (human) error in hooking up the ground for the new ignition switch sent current backwards up the kill wire and smoked the coil.

I suppose a short somewhere in the wiring harness could have done the same thing.
 
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