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sears suburban

Discussion in 'Craftsman / Sears' started by kek12566, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. kek12566

    kek12566 New Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    I just got my hands on a 1973 sears suburban s/s 16. Are there any comon reasons for not being able to start or turn over. I tried a new battery, checked the plugs. I do not know much about these tractors, I prefer Bolens, but since I had this given to me for free, I thought I would try to get it running. The engine is not froze.
  2. chrpmaster

    chrpmaster New Member

    May 5, 2004
    Engines from that era were pretty simple beasts. I would start with the basics. Check that you are getting fuel and spark. I'm not sure about that model but most of them didn't have any kind of safety interlocks or switches that would short out and prevent it from starting. Did the prevous owner have it running recently? What caused him to give it away?


  3. DEERE180

    DEERE180 New Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    As I recall many of the Sears models did have some sort of shorting mechanisms, that were controlled by the gas/speed control. If it fell off or loose it could be shorting somewhere to chassis and you wont get a spark. Please have a look at all mechanicals and look for a small wire or lug connector that goes to ground when the speed control is in one position. Trace the the control wires to the carburator area and look for it. You could also tell if there is spark and/or fuel if you squirt some starting fluid into the carb and see if it starts even for a few seconds/ If it does not then no spark, if it starts and then stops then spark is there but no fuel. Hope this helps. :)
  4. kek12566

    kek12566 New Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    thanks for the info. I will look into theses areas. The tractor has a 16 hp twin Onan engine on it. As far has the last time it ran, I would have to say according to the prev. owner it has been around 8 or 9 years. been sitting under some trees since then.
  5. Farmerguy

    Farmerguy New Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have 2 of that vintage SS-16, they have a safety switch on the mower deck clutch and transmission neutral you might check them if it won't even turn over.
  6. patmary997

    patmary997 New Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    looking for owners manual to read online for a 69 10Xl does anyone know of a site?
  7. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010

    If you have a complete model# you might get lucky on searpartsdirect.com .
  8. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

    May 8, 2007
    I have some links for a couple 10XL's.
    Provide the Sears 917.xxxxx number and I'll see if I have the correct one.