Riding Mower - Fix Brakes


I bought a used riding mower.  I got it to run and move, but it wouldn't stop.  So this is how i fixed the disc break.
fix riding mower breakes

To fix the brake all you have to do is clean the gunk from around the disc.  I used a screwdriver as a scraper to remove the dirt and grass.  Then you need to tighten the 1 nut on the outside of the disc.  Tighten the nut just up until the point when the brake pads start to rub.  That's it.  It's a mechanical connection and it just needs to be tight.

The mower was a Murray riding mower, but this fix is the same for many older mowers.
fix a riding mower, murray, toro,

Prior to fixing the brakes i had to deal with a carburetor that was spewing gas out of the air filter.  Also tons of white smoke.
briggs and stratton carburetor

Also the solenoid was bad and had to be replaced.
riding mower solenoid

The wiring was a little confusing at first.  There are lots of safety switches that have to be pressed for it to start.
blown fuse riding mower

Also routine maintenance like adding a fuel filter.
fuel filter riding mower

Also adding a fuel shut-off is a good idea so the carb doesn't get flooded.
fuel line valve

Pic of the murray mower
fix riding mower

Another view of the mower.
fix riding mower disc break, change, murray, john deere

Here's the carb float and needle. This was actually pretty clean.
briggs and stratton carburetor, fix, leaking gas

This is the 16Hp motor.
riding mower won't start

And this is the new solenoid i installed.
solenoid for briggs and stratton, mower, engine

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