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Old 04-30-2012, 05:40 PM
Glennw Glennw is offline
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John Deere SB14 Starting problem

I have a SB 14 and am having trouble starting it. When I pull the cord, it became very very hard to pull. And when I do it sound like a organ grinder. I did get the engine to start and it ran for 2-3 minutes before it died. No smoke, or burned smell, so I don't think it's frozen.

The local JD dealer told me he thought it was the blade clutch and they’d be happy to fix it for 250.00.

Is a blade clutch hard to fix (replace)? Could this be the problem?

I love this mower and have had it for 10+ year without a lot of problems. And really don’t want to replace it!
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:55 PM
Ridin' Green Ridin' Green is offline
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With the grinding noise I'd bet your blade clutch is the problem. I haven't ever changed mine, so I don't know how hard it would be, but there's really not that much to a 21"er, so it can't be that hard.
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