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18.5 hp 42'' mower model no. 917.274811.Mower will not turn over. Replaced battery, solenoid, fuse is okay. Make a clicking sound when we try to start it.

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    sillanoid makes a clicking sound when trying to start and want start

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Ck the terminals battery, solenoid. are they clean? and tight?

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