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    TJM01 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 19, 2008, 12:05 PM
    Craftsman Lawn Tractor - Unable to Start Tractor

    I currently having difficulty starting my Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractor, (Model# 917.259830). I was using the tractor and had to shut it off to move a lawn hose. When I tried to start it again it just clicked. Specifically upon turning the keying, it makes a click sound followed by a whin. I've replaced the battery, solenoid, spark plug, and checked the wire connections, which appears to be fine. I'm about to send away for the ignition switch.
    Any help you could provide to help troubleshoot, would be appreciated. With regards.

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    Jul 20, 2008, 05:59 AM
    Do you mean a whine? Like the starter is spinning but the engine is not turning over? If so, you need to check the bendix gear on the top of the starter. It is probably damaged and the teeth will be gone. You can purchase the bendix gear kit and repair the top end of the starter very easily and quickly.
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    Jul 23, 2008, 06:05 PM
    Check to make sure your PTO switch for your blades is not engaged and if a manual lever its not in the up position, otherwise you probably just need to replace the starter drive in the starter.
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    Apr 16, 2010, 11:38 AM
    s1642 scott lawn tractor I'm about ready to screamneed help. The mower only starts when it wants to. I checked th 15 amp fuse it is good thought it was battery had it checked out battery was good .I came home from getting bttery checked out and put battery in mower though I would give it a try it started first try. I drove it around the yard no problems. I turned if off try to restart and guess what nothing go figure. Can someone please me.
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    robert sakell Posts: 3, Reputation: 1
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    May 31, 2013, 05:45 PM
    Check your starter,It sounds like its not engaging.Check teeth on starter.Then check solenoid switch.

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