Ok, so here's the full timeline on what's happened. About a week or 2 ago I got a mower from a guy I know who wasn't using it. It's an 18HP Craftsman LT1000. The only issue he told me about is that the blade is a little bent in one spot and the battery needs to be jumped before it's used each time. So, it obviously needs a new battery. I tried it out after he dropped it off and it seemed to be working well. I did notice that it needed more oil though. I filled it until the stick said it was full and then put it away for the night.

When I took it back out I started it up, there was a giant ball of smoke, and then it shut down. I checked the oil again and saw that it was now saying that it was way over filled. So, I drained off the excess oil.

Now I still can't get it started. While I have it being jumped I can see something spinning in the engine but it never actually starts up, just keeps spinning. I'm at a loss for what to do to get it up and running. Any guidance would be appreciated.

  • Is this the 18 HP Briggs and Stratton oposed TWIN IC motor? Have you pulled the plugs to see if they are wet (engine flooded)? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 25 '15 at 22:04
  • go back to basics - spark, fuel, compression. Pull the plugs, make sure they are clean. Make sure they are sparking. Dump some fuel in the carb to see if that can kick it over for a few seconds. If its sparking, and getting fuel, but still not starting, check the compression. – rpmerf Jun 26 '15 at 11:26
  • Yes, this is the 18 HP B&S Engine. – Joseph Tiberius Orabona Jun 26 '15 at 15:08
  • How can I check to see if it's sparking? – Joseph Tiberius Orabona Jun 26 '15 at 15:09
  • pull the plug, touch the body of the plug to the block (or use a wire with 2 clips, clip one end to the block and other to the threads of the spark plug), then try to start it and watch the plug for spark. – rpmerf Jun 29 '15 at 12:42

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