Hello lawnsite! Long time, no post. I picked up a Toro GT 2100 a couple of months ago as a refurb from HD. It beats the old snapper hands down, but I've been having some starting problems. Please note that it is under warranty, so I willl be having someone fix it, but I'd like your thoughts on the "root cause" of the trouble because I want to make sure that I don't spend a lot of time letting the shop bandaid up the secondary problems. Here's what is going on. Even when I first got it, the starter struggled to turn the engine over. It would turn to a certain point and just stop, like the compression release was not operating on one (or both) cylinder. Up until the other day, I would just try a couple of times and it would start after 3 or 4 tries. (I mean engaging the starter until it stopped, then release the key and do it again). Once it got started it runs perfectly. I assumed the battery was getting a little weak, so I was not too worried about it. Yesterday I was using it and turned it off. When I went back to restart it, it did the same thing where the starter would stop whenever it hit the compression stroke. After trying to crank it eight or ten times, the starter stopped working. I get a click from under the seat (solenoid, I guess), but no action from the starter. I grabbed a pair of jumper cables and hooked them up to my car, which has a near-new battery and a perfect charging system. I hooked up to a good ground on the engine and hit the + cable on the starter terminal. The starter turned, but it stilldidn't have enough power to get past the compression stroke. So it looks like the starter is fried and the contacts on the solenoid are burnt. I sould be able to get these under warranty, but here's my concern: I would not have needed to work the starter and solenoid so hard if the motor were not so darn hard to turn over. So my question is; Is there a easy way to verify that the compression release is operating, without opening the crankcase? I would imagine that you could pop a valve cover and look for the exhaust (or intake?) valve to open a little during the compression stroke, but I'm totally unfamiliar with Kohlers. I just downloaded the service manual and will be checking that out shortly. Thanks for any help, and sorry for the long post!