My Walker has 1975 hours on it, new in 1996. This is my 4th starter replacement. First one was at 125 hours, under warrentee. Dirt gets in them, they start grinding and sticking on longer than necessary and ruines them, only 1 was repairable. My dealer whacked me $285.00 last week for just the starter as a part, last year it was $165.00. I think he has become a Highwaymen from the old days. I like the mower but I think its time to change brands to get honest service.