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Mower won't start

Sears riding lawn mower model #917.255812 I have a craftman riding mower 42" won't start. tried jumping from the starter after tring to jump off the battery. think the switch is bad. so I tried jumping from the starter, turns over but won't start

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    haven't started mower since last season. battery is strong but engine won't turn over

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    won't start

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    Rer 1000 riding mower

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Im sure the switch is bad, trying to jump is a good way to find out if the starter is bad but of course wont start cause of no spark, alot of these have electronic magnetos

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Could be a bad in-line fuse. By jumping from the battery to the starter, you bypassed the fuse. However, the hot lead to the ingition was still on the dead side of the fuse.

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