I picked this little mower up last week for parts. PO said it was mowing fine, motor bogged down, then quit running, puff of smoke. He tried to re-start, but he said it was like motor was locked up. He was thinking it broke a rod or crank.
I loaded it up, brought home and did some checking it over today. The motor would rock back and work about 1/2-3/4" or so, but that was it. I heard a clanking from underneath so I saw the electric PTO clutch was making the noise. I tired to move it, but seemed fused to crank. I removed the bolt, thankfully the hole assembly came off easy...and Whalaa, motor was freeze. Looking at clutch, looks like bearing retainer came apart and it locked up clutch thus locking up motor.
Threw a battery in her with some gas and oh man, this little Briggs 14Hp Vanguard purrs like a kitten, so smooth running. So instead of parting, looks like I will find a clutch assembly and maybe replace some of my older LT's with this one.
Noma LXI 1440- almost no information posted on the web.
And the reason I bought it......
Edited by TAHOE, October 12, 2014 - 06:33 PM.