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Craftsman rideing mower

When i turn the key to try to start it it just clicks,all my safties r made up new battery and solenoid all the relays r new and i have voltage at the solenoid and comming out of it!

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  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    Battery fine, all switches fine, celanoid new... still NO START! hear only a click....

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I get a click from the engine when I try to start. I have fitted a new solenoid and the battery is OK


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I have same problem. the ingnition switch is bad or dirty.try puting pressure on clip while works by doing this

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Try checking the brushes in the starter motor
or putting direct power to the starter

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