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John Deere 318 mower starter drive failing

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: John Deere 318 mower starter drive failing Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have owned my JD 318 since it was new. The problem I am having is the starter drive chewing off the top of the ring gear. Bought a new ring gear and starter drive and put them in. Left the shroud off and engaged just the solenoid. The
teeth on the flywheel and starter drive do not seem to mesh into each other enough. The gears just engage each other by about an 1/8 of an inch. It is one of the P series engines. Anybody have any ideas?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:39 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 318 mower starter drive failing Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Several things can cause problem you have.

1-worn crankshaft bearings.

2-worn bearings in starter

3-sol,plunger or drive fork mech worn/damaged.

Best thing to do is replace starter & take it from there,new aftermarket starters start at about $75 on ebay.
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