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Is there a way to tell if a starter is bad without starting the engine? I want to put a new battery in my tractor but if I can determine the starter is bad ahead of time all the better.
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I'am assuming this is a lawn tractor.

1. Remove sparkplug wire

2. Use known good battery

3 Hook jumper cables to good battery and put negitive cable to frame of tractor, touch positive cable to starter stud.

If starter turns engine over it's good. If starter doesn't turn engine over or drags it's bad.
 

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Walter the starter stud is located on the bottom side of the starter. It will be where the original battery cable is connected.
 
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