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Slow cranking could be the result of several possible conditions, and as you`ve suggested, the fault might reappear or worsen. Possible causes are a degraded or defective battery, faulty electrical connection, a charging system problem, a bad starter or battery rundown when parked.
A slow cranking starter or no crank at all may be caused by a faulty ground that prevents full voltage to the starter motor. Most people assume the starter is grounded because it is bolted to the engine. However, that does not mean it`s grounded properly.
Your Mower Won`t Start:

Other possible causes include: Loose, Dirty or Disconnected Spark Plug in Your Lawn Mower: Check it out, clean off debris, re-connect and tighten. Dirty Air Filter: Clean or replace. Fuel Not Reaching the Engine: Tap the side of the carburetor to help the flow of gas.

Your Vehicle Labors to Crank or Cranks Slowly

Labored or slow cranking when you start your vehicle is usually the first sign that you have something going on with your starter. These symptoms could point toward a starter motor problem, or it could mean something else in your system.

Over the life of a battery, discharge-recharge reactions happen thousands of times. Each cycle wears out the plates a bit, and over time the lead deteriorates. As your car battery loses capacity, cold cranking amps decrease.
Starters Can Fail Due To Low Battery voltage

It is easy to determine when a starter fails as a result of low battery voltage. Typically what happens is the excess current created as a result of the low voltage causes the contact within the solenoid to weld together or even burn through.

Disconnected, dirty or fouled spark plugs are common causes for engines that won`t start. Spark plugs typically need to be replaced every season or 25 hours of use. You should also check that the spark plug gap is set properly.
This issue is often caused by a burned-out/ fused starter solenoid or motor. Alternatively, this can also be caused by a dead battery. But whatever the cause maybe, if you experience nothing when you try to turn on the ignition, make sure to get your vehicle thoroughly checked.
Alternators power the small engine while it is running, keeping the battery charged by circulating power back back through the system. For the easiest alternator test, simply turn on the headlights to your lawn mower or outdoor power equipment.
A: Possible causes: a marginal battery, a poor connection in the starting circuit or starter, a charging-system problem, or the battery is being drained while the car`s parked. If this only happens first thing in the morning, a weak battery or a drain in the electrical system are likely causes.
Bad Fuel Pump

Modern cars require a highly pressurized fuel distribution system in order to get the fuel into the engine block. If it sounds like your battery and starter work fine, but the engine just isn`t igniting any fuel, there`s a good chance that the engine lost fuel pressure.

A bad coolant sensor, a bad throttle position sensor (TPS), a bad fuel pump or a plugged fuel filter can all cause a lean condition causing long cranking times. Sometimes the spark is delivered late, weak or not at all.

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Ryobi troubleshooting Recently bought the two set package of 18V lithium batteries however the tool will not work. It was working however it has stopped . Tried two different batterie , both fully charged ,with no results.
ANSWER : The motor may have overheated and burned open. Use a multimeter to check resistance across the battery contacts in the tool with the switch closed. If it reads open, the motor has failed.

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Battery the battery is dying and it will start but, after a few mins the engine starts to sputter then goes back to idle and eventually dies. could this just be the dead battery? is that the reason the engine dies?
ANSWER : Usually, if the battery is dying, it won’t start up again.
Usually, motorized vehicles only use the battery to start the engine, then the alternator contributes all the power for actual operation.
A dead alternator or battery shouldn’t ‘sputter’, they would just stop dead.

If the engine will start, run and then sputter…there is a fuel problem.
1. There may be a ‘cut-off’ in the fuel line which is in the off postion. It may look like a thin, flat wing-nut.
2. The gas may be contaminated with water residue if the gasoline has been sitting a long time. I believe you can get some water treatment to fix this without having to dump the fuel tank contents.
3. The fuel line is blocked with dirt somewhere, I would check the fuel filter and work backwards from there.

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I am another owner of the 24 hp. briggs and stratten ELS that has blew a rod out the side. How can I get help replacing this motor that has been such a terrible problem

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To whom it may concern, I have a 42″ Deck Craftsman Lawn Mower which I bought 10 years ago. Last year, when ever I going over tall grass, excessive smoke came out of the exhaust. I kept loosing oil. At time, the engine looked like it is about to be on fire. After some research and questions from friends, I realized that it is time to change piston rings. Last week, I took the engine apart to replace the rings and put the engine back according to how I took it apart. I was very proud of my self since I never work on engine to this extend before. Yesterday, I was looking forward to starting it, however, it did not turn over at all. Battery power was there. I hooked it to a running car for power, with the battery on the tractor of course. All I heard was a single click from the starter. The fly wheel did not turn even I tried to turn it with a metal bar and a wrench. A friend told me that when putting the engine back, I must have missed the “Top Dead Center?”, therefore, the engine will not crank. Would you kindly point me to the right direction if I take it apart again and put it back properly. Is there a mark somewhere I should follow in side the engine crank shaft, crank case, etc.. Is there an instruction I can purchase for someone who know very about engine but willing to work on it due to my interested in fixing and learning. Thank you for your assistant! Tri
ANSWER : Recommend going to auto parts store and getting a small engine repair manual. Or, if time is not an issue, most repair manuals can be ordered online. Try M & D Mowers. Very inexpensive.

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I’ve been having problems starting. (Slow turnover) Finally would not crank and assumed it was the battery. Got a new battery and still will not crank, not even spin. Blade switch is off and I checked the clutch swith making sure it was being depressed when clutch engaged. I read where there’s a fuse that might be the problem, but I can’t locate it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Eric
ANSWER : Engine willcrank for a split second.

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Engineer starts, and stop – Mtd 22" Yard Machine Push Mower
ANSWER : Clean fuel system
carburetor main jet, float bowl
check cable/linkage adjustments

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How do you fix a battery problem with my lawn mower because it wont start but it is charged
ANSWER : I think the motor brushes are warn out and need replacing.

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Battery not charging. Light on charger is red for charge…it’s plugged in properly?????
ANSWER : Battery is bad.

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