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30 in riding Craftsman riding mower electrical problem

This little mower has an electric starter motor, the wire on the negative post on the battery broke and I can not find where should be connected. Can you help

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Anywhere on the body of the tractor

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the battery is just probably low,, make sure it has a full 12 volts or better, check to make sure the battery posts are clean and making good contact ,,, riding mowers charge slowly, and if the current can't charge the battery , then the mower is just draining it as you run it, hitting a large clump of grass could stall out the motor, But I doubt it Blew it up,, check those items ,, Good Luck

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Hello - I have craftsman 42 inch deck mower with a kohlar engine that does not start. Battery appears fine, when I turn it - it clicks with the head lights turning on. Ang ideas on how to get it started?...

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