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Will start by jumping starter but wont start by turning ignition

Ajust neutral saftey switch

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Try starting it in neutral, if it won't start there put a test light on the inside small post on starter and have someone turn the ignition on to start if it don't light the test light( bright) than the switch is bad or there is a break in the wire or maybe a fuseable link is burnt.

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