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I have a sears rider that the starter bendix will not kick

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I have a sears rider that the starter bendix will not kick in. I have tried a starter and a starter solenoid neither of witch fixed the problem.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
What happens when you turn the key to start the engine?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
THE STARTERS JUST RUNS
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
You have even tried a new starter and it does the same thing?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
YES
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
Don't laugh too hard but. Can you verify for me that the battery is hooked up properly? I am wondering if the battery is not hooked up backwards. The starter will still operate but it spins backwards which would cause you problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
YES IT IS CORRECT.
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
Okay, Have you tested your battery? It could be that the battery is low and is just not spinning the starter fast enough for it to kick up.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
IT IS NEW IT IS CHARGED CORRECTLY .THANKS FOR THE HELP I WILL KEEP TRYING.
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
By chance have any of the cables or wires been replaced on this machine recently?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
NO
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
It just sounds like you are not getting enough voltage to the starter to make it spin as fast as it needs to in order to kick the gear up into the flywheel. Can you test voltage coming to the starter when you try to start it? Also double check all ground points(battery terminal ground both cable to battery and cable to frame, solenoid ground to frame, engine bolts are all tight, any additional ground straps that may be attached to the engine mount bolts) if you have a poor ground connection it would cause you possible issues.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK WILL DO THANKS WILL LET YOU KNOW IF THE ISSUE IS RESOLVED.
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.
Thank you it has been a pleasure to assist you today.Thank you for choosing justanswer.