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Checked oil and noticed oil cap was not screwed on tight. Turned key, engine does not crank (have gas). Checked for loose spark plug wires and noticed oil on top of engine and side of oil cap. Guessing this was from hot oil spurting out of loose cap. What steps to look at to fix not starting. This is a 2014 model and was running fine the last mowing (yesterday).
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Is the battery fully charged? Are the battery cable connectors tight and no corrosion on both end of cables..

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Why does the tractor make a clicking sound and not start? If the riding mower makes a heavy clicking or a rapid clattering sound when the key is turned to the start position, there is a problem with the battery or a part of the starting circuit. The clicking noise comes from a part called the starter solenoid.
Riding Mower Clicks but Doesn`t Crank

When you hear a click as you turn the key, a weak battery, bad starter solenoid, faulty wiring, failed starter motor or a seized engine could be the cause. This DIY troubleshooting will help you figure out what to fix.

The most common cause for slow or hard cranking is a poor ground circuit or bad electrical connection. With your John Deere, I would tend to think that it is weak ground either at the cable or where tractor ground/starter mounts. A tractor, in the same manner as a car, uses a DC electrical system.
Disconnected, dirty or fouled spark plugs are common causes for engines that won`t start. For small engines, spark plugs typically need to be replaced every season or after 25 hours of use. You should also check to make sure the spark plug gap is set correctly.
Touch the metal shaft of a screwdriver to both of the large terminals at the same time. If the engine turns over and starts, the solenoid is bad and should be replaced. If the starter motor does not run, the motor itself is probably defective.
Usually, this points to a faulty relay or solenoid, or a bad or jammed starter motor. Solution: Rock your car back and forth or tap the starter motor with a hammer and try starting the engine again. If this works, you are good to go!

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<!– from fixya rte –>Rj19lm plug gap for a 195cc 4cyl lawnboy – Lawn-Boy lawnboy" Mower Blade 21"
ANSWER : As a starting point in my shop i always use 0.30 in. For all my mowers

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Mower runs for about 5 min, than dies won’t restart . When cool start up ( craftsman 42 in deck 19.5 hp lawn tractor )
ANSWER : Check for spark when it dies you could have a bad coil

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I have trouble starting a toro walk behind mower
ANSWER : All, I thought my carb was shot, so I replaced it. Still, start but no run (and had to use starting fluid). THEN!!! I noticed the spring to the “rev limiter” (just below and towards rear of carb) was not “tight”. The stupid bracket that holds the end of that spring had been bent down ~1/16″ and that caused all this heartache. CHECK YOUR REV LIMITER!!!

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How do i add transmission oil – Ariens Lawn Tractor 46"" Riding Lawn Mower 936053"
ANSWER : Should a plug or cap on top of transaxle.

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Why does my mower not start?
ANSWER : Turn the deck PTO off .

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My dls 3500 mower will not start at all, I charged the battery but the engine wont even turn. All the wiring and fuses seem to be ok
ANSWER : I had the same problem. I replaced the wiring harness for a short fix, corrosion in the terminals that connect to ignition switch. This worked for a while. Then replaced ignition switch this also worked for short time. Now I just open the hood to reach behind the ignition switch and wiggle wires while turning key to start until it starts keep wiggling to get good contact. If it won’t stop after it starts, wiggle wires after you turn the key to off. It will stop.

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HARD TO START cummings ohan 14 hp elite engine
ANSWER : Air filter may be blocked or the fuel needs changing or clean out carby

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How do i install a mulching plug on my craftsman lawn tractor?
ANSWER : It covers the hole on the deck

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