Riding Lawn Mower Engine Cranks But Won’t Start



This video explains what to do when your riding lawn mower spins but won’t start. Once it’s spinning, the engine needs 3 things to run—fuel, spark and compression. We’ll help you find out which one of those elements is missing in your engine by showing you a quick starter fluid test that can rule out several issues. We’ll also show you how to check for and resolve fuel supply problems. We’ll then move on to checking the ignition system for problems by examining the spark plug, and the ignition coil. We’ll also check for a timing problem related to a damaged flywheel key before showing you how to do an engine compression test. Following these troubleshooting steps should help you get your riding lawn mower started so you can get back to mowing.

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The video includes these parts and tools. Look up your model to make sure you get the right parts for your mower.
Air filter
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/793569/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Fuel stabilizer
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/95012/0071/071.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Fuel filter
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/691035/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Fuel line
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/791766/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Fuel pump
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/808656/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Carburetor
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/591736/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Carburetor rebuild kit
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/796184/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Ignition coil
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/799650/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Spark plug
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/RC12YC/0098/661.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Spark Plug Wrench
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/89838/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Flywheel key
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/591757/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link
Flywheel puller
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/part-number/19203/0071/500.html?sid=soc:youtube:direct-part-link

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10 thoughts on “Riding Lawn Mower Engine Cranks But Won’t Start

  1. Great video. Thanks. Our mower won't run. It's running with starter fluid but won't keep going. The back fire solenoid wasn't working when i tested it with a battery. I disabled it by cutting off the pin. The float bowl isn't filling up either way. It's a new fuel pump. I can't figure out why it won't work.

  2. Let's go back and shopping at Sears. Hopefully, the stores will survive and stay in business. Very good video from a very knowledgeable and good man. God bless!

  3. Top notch video. Thanks very much for making this. With your help, I'm pretty sure I have to replace the ignition coil on my lawn tractor.

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