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Ran fine yesterday today it wont start when you turn the key it clicks 12 volts on the yellow (solenoid )wire when you turn the key but when you jump the solenid it will crank but the blades will not engage. safty switch keeping it from starting and blades engaging? thanks

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If you are jumping the solenoid and it cranks but wont start leave the key in the on position and give it a try. Try replacing the solenoid and the wires conecting it to the battery.

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