Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Big Sky Country
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Spring has sprung in the northern Rockies of Montana - I know this because not only has the ski resort closed for the season (after a record 407 inches of snowfall!), but the grass is starting to grow in my back yard. Time to get the mower out, and. . .
The starter isn't working in my 550 hour, 2011 26HP Walker GHS mower. Looking around the engine, I finally spot the starter tucked way down low, stuffed in an impossible spot next to the blower assembly - absolutely no way to get to it. Headed off to the Walker dealer for starter price & advice: Starter - $200, Labor to R&R the engine and starter - $200! Are you kidding me??
Back home I go to exercise my mechanic skills. A few belts, plugs, bolts and snipped zip-ties later I have the engine shoe-horned out and hanging on the hoist and the starter removed. With the part # off the old starter I head to the internet & end up ordering a starter for $49/shipped.
$49 And a couple of hours worth of work by the time it's all done vs. $400 at the dealer - easy money! Hope my clients don't read this post & find out I have an extra $350 in my pocket!
Iíve already told you more than I know.