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Starter sounding funny

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tbarchaser, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    The starter on my 17kaw(280hrs) makes a strange noise.
    It will turn over but after about 1.2-2 seconds it maks a high pich squeal.:confused: It does start, Any ideas?
  2. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    May be the brushes going out. Take it to a armature/starter rebuild shop. The can rebuild these for 1/2 the price of a new one.
  4. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    Ya think? less than 300 hrs
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I agree...bendix.
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    My 17 Kawi was doing the same thing. I took it to the dealer and they said it was dirty and cleaned it. It was fine for a while but now it's doing it again. I wonder if it is covered under the Kawi engine warranty if a new starter is needed or if it needs to be rebuilt? Mine is an 03 TTHP.
  7. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    could it be the battery seems like every time the weather cools down I lose a battery. my dc does that I can short the starter and it will fire and works fine when it gets a good charge.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Could be. My old HP had it happen recently. The guy said that if the battery gets low it wears on them pretty hard.
  9. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    My 17 Hp kawi does it too. It's the gear hanging up in the flywheel and the engine driving the starter.

    Usually just a cleaning and fresh lubricant to help it move freely
  10. curry

    curry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211


    Ive got the same mower as you and its also doing the same thing. What am I to clean and lube. Ive already cleaned air filter and changed oil about 10 hrs ago. I filled the zerts as well. Mine has 315 hrs. What else did you do to fix the problem. Mine started doing it about 50 hrs ago(before it got cold here in TX)

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