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Won't Start A Craftsman 12.5 HP Riding Mower The plug is clean The air cleaner is clean The oil is clean Has new gas Went to start it and I don't get anything, no clicking, motor won't turn over, no lights, the battery is clean and fairly new. It rolls free (not stuck in any gear). Blades are up and disengaged. I''m thinking maybe electrical of some kind ???

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Theres a 25 amp fuse inbetween the battery and starter, also check your safty swiches like the seat, clutch/brake and blade disingadged

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