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American Landmaster TW450 Won't Start!!


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tw450-ans.thumb.jpeg.0d9d1c7bae7fd3ba880021c56c41c81c.jpegWe just bought a used 2017 American Landmaster TW450. No hour meter that I can find, so not sure exactly how much it has been used. 

The first 2 days we had it, the starter was a little sketchy, but it started after 2-3 tries. Sometimes when turning the key, we would hear a loud metal "clink" sound. Like the starter made contact, but didn't have enough power to turn. 

THIS MORNING... Turning the key, we hear a single click sound. That's it. Even with a new battery, the starter is still doing the same thing. Both batteries (old and new) were reading 12.8 volts on volt meter. So I'm wondering what else could be going on? Any ideas on what to look for would be greatly appreciated...

Thank you!

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Well, it's starting fine now! Even in colder fall weather. But I think I'm going to buy a new solenoid if we ever have starting issues again.

New question...

We have an awful noise under the UTV. It sounds like some metal parts are loose! Runs fine but sounds awful. Is this normal belt/clutch noise on Landmaster UTV's? Or do I need to start taking it apart?

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  • 4 weeks later...

Well, the UTV won't start again.

The battery is fully charged. But all we get is a loud "clink" sound when attempting to start with the key. The pull-start works fine. Do y'all know where I can buy a Starter and Solenoid? It looks like my 2018 Landmaster 450 2WD has the starter and solenoid as 2 separate parts.

But the American Landmaster website looks like they are "Out of Stock" with what I need. Any other aftermarket websites where I can find the parts I need?

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4 hours ago, Andrew Wells said:

According to the parts diagram, my motor is the Kohler CH440. I ordered a starter/solenoid combo. I'll install it today...

Hope you found the replacement for 52.95. They will generally work just as good as the oem part.  From your description of being high on compression even with the hand crank starter, I would have the valves adjusted. This controls compression release when cranking.

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I attempted replacing the starter today. (It was $53 on eBay)

I kept taking off different parts and finally gave up. I could not find the 2 screws/bolts that holds the starter in place. So my next question is...

Do y'all have any links to threads or videos that can help me find the right way to replace the starter??

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9 hours ago, Andrew Wells said:

According to the parts diagram, my motor is the Kohler CH440. I ordered a starter/solenoid combo. I'll install it today...

Hope you found the replacement for 52.95. They will generally work just as good as the oem part.  From your description of being high on compression even with the hand crank starter, I would have the valves adjusted. This controls compression release when cranking.

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The above video should help you out even tho this shows a vertical engine . Pretty much the same on a horizontal. Remember to adjust the valves or you will be buying another starter soon. Sounds like you should not attempt the valve adj. Take it to a Kohler dealer or a reputable independent.

Let us know how you make out.

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