Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/troybilt lawn mower


QUESTION: my battery was down on my horse xp hydrostatic it cranked & ran a little while went dead & would iniate the starter, changed fuse under battery still would not contact starter what else could have happened where is it located.

ANSWER: Did you check the battery voltage?

To make sure the battery is not the problem you should remove it, charge it and then take it to you local auto parts store and have it load tested to make sure it is producing enough power to crank the engine.

With the battery dis-connected, make sure you clean battery cable ends and battery posts with a wirebrush to ensure a good connection...I have fixed a lot of starting and charging problems just by cleaning the battery connections.


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QUESTION: all that has been done tried to jump off again woudn't iniate starter,checked under battery for fuse it had blown repaced with like fuse still could not get fire to starter what could have blown out in the electrical system to keep fire getting to starter or could the starter have gone bad!!

A short or too much load (current) will cause the fuse to blow.

Can you see or remove just a few parts to access the starter?

What engine is on the mower?

I have seen starter pinion gears get stuck against the flywheel ring gear and cause this problem.

Can you spin the engine by hand?

Let me know.

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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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