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I have a po17542lt starter hums but doent turn over engine

I was mowing shut it off for 5 minutes went back and solenoid clicks and starter humms but does not turn engine.

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Try checking the water in the battery and see if the connections are clean. This requires removing the ends and sanding them. Also check oil level in the motor just in case. Then charge the battery or jump-start it, if it starts then you have a weak battery or an alternator that is bad or a loose wire, the nuts will vibrate off if blades are out of balance. Also check the starter bolts as they may have come loose as well. If you still need help replay tothe e-mial this came with.
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