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Experience:  I have 25+ years of experience repairing 2 & 4 cycle engines
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I have a cub cadet 1554 that will not turn over JA: I'll do

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I have a cub cadet 1554 that will not turn over
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best.
Customer: got to where it wouldn't restat once hot, not will not start at all,
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Customer: mo
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Hello. Thank you for choosing Just answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you. I would like to confirm something. Are you saying that your engine will spin, but will not start up and run?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It tries spinning, but will only go about 1/4 turn
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Thanks for your reply. Is now a good time for you and I to do some troubleshooting?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I can
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Do you have a multimeter? What brand is your engine? Kohler?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Kohler courage 27. No multimeter here right now
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Can you give me a minute to check something for you?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
The first thing you and I need to determine, is if your battery is fully charge, and if your starter is ok.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
New battery. Best way to check starter?
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Battery new. Remove one of your spark plugs, then check to see if your engine will spin freely. If not, then remove both of them, then re-try cranking your engine.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I just hooked up my portable battery and it jumped started. I killed it and tried restarting, will not start without jump
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Did your engine start easy when you was using your portable battery?
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
This leads me to believe that either your new battery is at fault, or your valves are out of adjustment.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Took a few times to finally turn over. Ran good and strong until I turned it off
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Are you saying it took a few times, when using your portable battery?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Been a few weeks since actually started though. Lots of rain here
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Thanks for confirming. Are you familiar with adjusting your valves?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No I am not
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
I do believe that your valves are the source of our problem. Is this something you are willing to try?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Sure. But can't do tonight. Just built my place and no working lights outside now. So would have to do by flashlight
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
I will attach a link to a free service manual for you. Look it over, and we can continue tomorrow.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Service Manual - Click Here
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
Let me know if it download for you.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Sounds great. Thank you
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
You are very welcome!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Very helpful. Ran out of time. Will try and finish early next week. Working all weekend.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.
No problem. I do hope all goes well for you.