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14.5 HP MTD 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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Can you turn the motor over by hand? Make sure it's free and can turn. Is starter drive engaging into flywheel. If mower was run with low oil or on a slope it may have seized up.

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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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measure with a valt meter and see what your voltage is at the battery . now measure what you have for volts at the soleoid. then check to see if you are getting 12 volts to the single peg on your soleoid, usually a whitwe wire. If your not getting voltage to this wire you probably have a safety switch problem. If you are getting voltage here check to make sure you are getting voltage at the starter motor. If your getting voltage there you may have a bad ground at the starter motor or the whole motor may need to be grounded to the frame.

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Probably dead gas from sitting too long. Dump it out & put in fresh gas.Could have moisture in it. Pull out spark plug & crank it over several times after putting gas & let it sit a while to dry out or blow it out with compressed air. It should go.

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check the safety switches bypass them with a paper clip to test them

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