Starter not disengaging

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Cooter, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    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?
     
  2. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    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.
     
  3. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    I'll try this first. Thanks.
     
  4. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Posts: 979

    check your ignition switch too some times stick on position
     
  5. kayeproperties

    kayeproperties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    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.
     
  6. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    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.
     
  7. kayeproperties

    kayeproperties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I really think you have a bad switch.
     
  8. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    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?
     
  9. themowerman

    themowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 297

    What engine is on this unit? It might just have a sticky bendix drive.
     
  10. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    That's seems very probable. It has a 23hp vertical Kawasaki. Whats the easiest way to fix this.
     

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