Re: New Starter B&S Vanguard 16 HP Twin
If it comes to it, changing out the starter is fairly easy... the 2 bolts and single cable you observed should be all that need to be removed... once you have the shrouds and shields off.
But, before deciding to change out the starter, a little more investigation may be in order. If the starter is spinning up but not engaging the flywheel, the starter might be fine with something else gone bad... the starter gear, for instance, which may be worn or even broke off, and could be replaced without replacing the whole starter. Shouldn't take more than a few small bolts to remove engine shroud and shielding around starter to inspect further.
Also, since the starter is specific to the engine and not the tractor, you can get more info and troubleshooting ideas by looking up the engine model & type numbers on briggs web site. Last, I wouldn't recommend buying the starter from the dealer... again since it's not specific to the tractor, shop around and save some $$.