My first post here. I've been trying to figure out a non-start issue on my father's Craftsman 917.271843 (21 HP / B&S). I've figured out that it is starter related. Starter makes noise like a spin sound, but not engaging flywheel.
I removed the shrouds to access top of the starter and can see that the starter does in fact spin, but the small gear wheel does not lift to engage the flywheel, as suspected. Is this in fact a replace the starter issue, or is there something else I may be missing?
Also, I can see two bolts on top of starter that appear to be means of removal. Outside one is easy enough to access, but inner one is literally right under the flywheel. Please tell me I don't have to completely remove flywheel just to remove the starter? If not, what exactly do I need to do?
Also, is there a good online place to order the starter from? Starter I know is a 497596 evidently.
Thanks in advance for any help and or guidance.