Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/LAWN TRACTOR WONT TURN OVER


I have a Noma 16HP Lawn Tractor with a Briggs and Stratton Engine. The engine model number is:280777 Type:0636A1 Code:9602074B. The problem that has suddenly developed is the engine only turns a few millimetres when I try to start it and it just makes a clonk and wont go any further. the starter is good as I removed it from the engine and ran jumper leads to it from a battery. it spins fast as normal anti clockwise as you are looking down at it from the top of the motor. meaning the flywheel turns clockwise. I tried turning the flywheel by hand and also with a socket and extension bar but it wouldn't turn. so how then coild the starter motor turn it.i can turn it back anti clockwise but not the direction the starter gear attemps to turn it. any idears would be appreciated. also I have tried to track down the manual on the Briggs website without any luck using the model number etc above. you may have ideas about that as well.
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ANSWER: Loose rod? Take the spark plug out and see if you can turn the engine.  If it won't turn, remove valve cover and see if the valves are moving.

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       Just to add to this problem. I haven't removed valve cover yet, but have removed spark plug and tried turning the engine by hand. What I have noticed is,I can turn the engine about a quarter of a revolution in either direction before it comes to a dead stop. Refuses to turn any further. Just wondering if this gives you any more ideas before I start dismantling. it makes no difference whether it's in gear or in neautral. The result is the same.
Thank You

Pull the valve cover and see if the valves are moving.

The dead stop you are feeling could be something external preventing the engine from spinning all the way around or there could be something inside the engine causing the problem.

I would pull the valve cover and see if the valves are moving.  If the engine still will not fully spin all the way around I would start removing external parts to make sure nothing outside the engine is binding and preventing the engine from spinning.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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