View Full Version : Starter not disengaging

02-15-2008, 12:07 AM
Hi, I just bought a used Quik Trak 667. The dealer had just traded it and did nothing but wash it. Now the starter will not disengage all the time. Sometimes it will, sometimes not. The guy who took it in on trade "said" it had not done this earlier. I let it sit in my shop overnight thinking maybe there was water where it was not supposed to be, but it still does it. Any ideas?

Jay Ray
02-15-2008, 12:03 PM
My first attempt would be remove the shroud and give it a good dose of WD40

Then have someone hold the dipstick tube with the shroud still off so the tube don't pop out, and try to start it a few times and see if it is solved.

02-16-2008, 10:27 AM
I'll try this first. Thanks.

02-16-2008, 10:29 AM
check your ignition switch too some times stick on position

02-16-2008, 11:01 AM
My Exmark did that and it was a sticky ignition switch/worn key problem. I sprayed lubricant in it and just made sure it was going into the right position. I bought a new switch but like a lot of brand new things it didnt work so I have the old one back in. Good luck but id replace the switch.

02-17-2008, 10:46 PM
I too was wondering about the ignition. Although I am able to turn it off and take the key out and it will still continue to try starting.

02-17-2008, 11:57 PM
I really think you have a bad switch.

02-20-2008, 09:39 PM
Replaced the ignition switch. Luckily it was only $15, and only took about ten minutes to replace. This did not fix the problem. Take the starter off and have it rebuilt?

02-21-2008, 09:01 AM
What engine is on this unit? It might just have a sticky bendix drive.

02-21-2008, 09:19 AM
That's seems very probable. It has a 23hp vertical Kawasaki. Whats the easiest way to fix this.

Jay Ray
02-22-2008, 11:03 PM
Because you mentioned the wash and water above, WD40 or equivalent might be all it needs to solve it.

02-22-2008, 11:43 PM
The starter relay is probably sticking.
Trace the wire from the starter backwards.
The ignition key doesn't energize the starter directly, it energizes the relay which connects power to the starter. They are notorious for sticking.
I burned a truck starter completely up once because the relay stuck and wouldn't release.
Sometimes you can tap them with a wrench or screwdriver and they will disengage, but sometimes they weld together and have to be replaced.

02-25-2008, 11:12 PM
Well....what happened next?....

02-25-2008, 11:30 PM
The starter is at the shop getting rebuilt. After pulling it off and the starter gear still sticking out I figure that has to have something to do with it. I am also going to look at the relay. I should have the starter back this week. Even after some minor repairs I will have less than $1000 in an 02 667.

02-25-2008, 11:49 PM
Next time just put a battery cut off switch in it, and put the battery charger on it a few times a week if you're in a bind.

03-02-2008, 12:15 AM
Guys, lubing the bendix is just asking for trouble. It ATTRACTS dust and dirt.

That said, you ARE supposed to lube the Kohler bendix. Use Kohler's lube when you do.

If you disagree and absolutely must lube your bendix, do it with a dry graphite spray, not a liquid.

03-06-2008, 11:10 PM
Got the starter back a few days ago. Got it back together today. A hundred bucks later and it works perfectly.