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Lawn mower tractor doesnt start

When I turn the key, theres a clicking sound, but the engine doesnt turn over. I charged the battery, but it did the same thing.

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  • taddesso Mar 13, 2009

    I'm the guy who couldnt start his lawn tractor. Thank you for responding to my question. I tried cleaning the battery leads and also the lead to the starter, but it didnt work. Do you have any other suggestions. Thanks.

  • taddesso Mar 15, 2009

    No, I put a battery pack on it and it did the same thing.

  • joe May 11, 2010

    can you jump start with another battery or portable battery box?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    NO START HAVE INSTALLED NEW BATTERY

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Sounds like you have a bad connection on your battery or on your starter. check out the battery first. take wires off of it and clean them good. then make sure and put them back on securely. Try this and let me know if it works. Thanks.

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