I'm very much a novice at lawnmower and small engine repair, so
hopefully this is an easy question for some of you.
I have a Snapper Hydro lawn tractor with a 14HP B&S engine. Over the
past couple of weeks, it has been very slow to start. When I turn the
key, the engine will turn over once, then after 5+ seconds, it will
turn over again, 5+ more seconds and it turns over again, etc. After
20 - 30 seconds, it will gradually start to turn over quicker and
quicker until it finally starts.
Now, it won't turn over at all. The other day, after I had the key
turned to "start" for 20 second or so with no turning over, I noticed
some smoke starting to curl up from the apparatus that turns the
Yesterday, I replaced the battery thinking this may be the problem, but
it still doesn't turn over at all. Stupid question - the battery
should come already charged, right?
Could it be that I need a new solenoid? What's the best way to
determine the source of the problem?