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#1 ppam99 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 04:13 PM

I just took delivery this morning of a new Husqvarna 48 inch cut, 24 HP lawn tractor from Lowes.  My problem is that turns over but will not start.  Lowes is coming to pick it up for a refund on Sunday but I thought I would ask for any suggestions here to see if I could get it running. 


I have the clutch or brake full down with the parking brake set, the blade switch pushed in to the off position, and am sitting on the seat.  I did try removing the air filter and spraying some starting fluid into the carb area but it didn't even cough.  That makes me think that it might be an electrical problem.  This is the last one of this model at Lowes in our area so they can't replace it.  I think I would like it if I could get it running but, if not, I'll wait until next spring and try again for a new one.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 04:31 PM

Things never get any better than the first start.  I'd take the refund.  Buying in the spring makes more sense anyway, since the first 6 months of warranty aren't wasted sitting in your garage.


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Posted November 07, 2014 - 04:33 PM

Welcome to the forum. Did it run when they dropped it off? Have you ever heard it run? Is the spark plug wire hooked to the plug? If so, take the wire off and put a screwdriver in it and set it up by something metal and check for spark while cranking.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 04:44 PM

Take the refund.


Sprayed starter spray and nothing, then I'd check your spark plug connection 1st. Being a new LT, is it in N? 

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 04:54 PM

Had a guy at work buy from them and they over filled the gt with oil and it puked all over, then they brought him a new one and he's had nothing but problems with it. Now he mows with an older craftsman, good luck

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 05:03 PM

Welcome aboard take the refund best of luck.
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Posted November 07, 2014 - 05:13 PM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck with the new tractor. You may be able to talk to the manager and see if he can get you into an equivalent tractor for the same money. It can't hurt to try. Otherwise, you'll have to take the refund. You could keep a lookout for a lightly used one over the winter. 

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:02 PM

Thank you for the quick responses.  I did try pulling one of the spark plug wires and using a screw driver to try and get a spark when it turned over and I didn't see any spark.  They didn't start it when they dropped it off so I've never seen it run.  They are all set up for Christmas at the Lowes here in Michigan so the few tractors that were in stock were parked in front of the store in the rain.  I don't know if water in the wiring somewhere could be the problem?  I tried bypassing the seat safety switch just to eliminate it as a problem and then put it back to stock when it still wouldn't start.  I think the advice to take the refund and buy in the  spring is good, and it's what I'm planning on so far.  Next time I'll want to see it run before the delivery truck leaves though. 

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:12 PM

Personally I would not have wrote the check until I had a chance to take it for a test drive and cut.  New or old unless buying it as a parts machine.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:15 PM

some are shipped with no oil,and have a low oil pressure cut off switch.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:45 PM

You may have found out why it was the last one left. They must have pushed it on the trailer without starting it.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Good point Auburn,,, did you check the oil ?.. oh, welcome aboard !!!

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 06:58 PM

:iagree:  with Auburn if there is oil in it then pack it up for a refund. Did you do a review on this tractor? I Googled the info you gave & a lot of unhappy people out there. :( Wait until spring & do your tractor shopping for a new one but do some homework before buying. Welcome to GTtalk.

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 08:23 PM

Welcome aboard!  Take the refund and go see a real mower dealer.  Real people at a real dealer will be all over that mower before it is delivered, while you are taking the first ride, and then after the fact if for whatever reason it breaks down.


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Posted November 07, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Yes, I did check the oil before I tried to start it. I'll send it back Sunday and wait until spring to get a new one. That way I won't have to store it over the winter and will have a much better selection to pick from.
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