Old Starters vs. New Starters for Lawn Mowers

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A lawn mower repair expert discusses the differences in old lawn mower starters and new lawn mower starters in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Dave Parke

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Now these are both starter clutches, they look a little bit different. But that's just the age of them. This one here is probably about 25 or 30 years old, this one here is maybe a month old and they've made they've gone through some changes that bigger bosses, but the basic operation is exactly the same. This one you had to take a ring clip out of it to open it like this and then you only had four ball bearings in it, k? And when the flywheel turns, they fly up into these holes and they don't engage your drive dog here, your drive pulley or pinion like that. To reassemble it, you put it back together. This one is the later style. Its open up here. They don't want them to open by themselves, they actually ship them with two screws in them. And this one has five ball bearings in it and more spaces and more drives on the puller on the pinion. To reassemble that, what happens is, I'll show you real quick. Put the ball bearings back in. Oh there's six ball bearings. Shame on me. Another change and if you'll look inside here, if it turns this way, the ball bearings are flying out of the way. When it turns this way, it engages the ball bearings and turns the flywheel. So that's the basic operation of a starter clutch.