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Won't start I was mowing and started to get off to pick up debris. Even with the blades off and the brake set the mower died. I let it sit for a while and it cranked up. Got off again and it did the same thing. Now it won't crank at all, just clicks when I turn the key. I checked all of the wiring, but everything seems to be in tact. I don't imagine it's the battery since the mower did initially crank and ran for over an hour. Please help.

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The click means the starter solenoid is acting. Most starters are like GM autos where this solenoid is on the starter. Often heat adversely effects these parts. Try tapping the solenoid and try to start it. If that works then a rebuild is indicated.

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