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14.5 hp mtd riding mower won't turn over

My 14.5 hp mtd mower died and it won't turn over. I replaced solenoid cause someone said if I made contact with both post on solenoid and it turned over that it was a bad solenoid. Not true in this case. Someone bypassed the seat safety switch. Wires are hanging and looks like something is missing in area next to solenoid. This hasn't kept it from starting before.What else can I look for?

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Forget the safety switches for now.The first thing I would check would be the fuse. It will be located on the battery side of the solenoid. Follow your positive battery cable to the solenoid. There will be a small red wire coming off of that post with an inline fuse. If the fuse is good, check your solenoid. There are two wires plugged into spade terminals at the bottom of the solenoid. Unplug the one that is insulated, the other one is a ground. Hook a test light from that wire to ground. When you turn the key to start (with the brake pedal held down), it should light. If it lights, your solenoid is bad. If not, then you can start looking at switches. Probably will be one of the two. Hope this helps. Dwain

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Sounds like you are on the right path, maybe some wires on the ignition were replaced backward, and you are sending +12v directly to ground? Does it blow right away?

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It's not a good idea. But if you must, it's just a switch. If it has two wires, cut them from the switch and connect them together with a wire nut. If it has only one wire, then cut it from the switch, put a spade terminal on it, and connect it to the frame of the tractor.

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when the seat goes out of adjustment due to the crappy adjustment bolt design, the bolt inadvertantly engages the safety switch under the seat.

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