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Blades wont activate

I have an ariens 1742 that i bought not to long ago. first something went wrong with da ignition switch, so i have to start it by touching the neg- with the psoitive+ Now the biggest problem is was cutting my gras in backyard real low and hit something and my blades wont work. when i hit the switch the motor is still spinning also the blet but the blades dont engage. before i go spend money help

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Check the timing belt, the belt just above the blade. The blades, if not turned 90 degrees to each other, will clash. Dumb design?; perhaps, but you need some way to overlap when you turn so tightly. I have an early 2000's vintage, but remove the shroud and check the belt. It may be broken. You can actually raise the deck to it's maximum, remove the spark plug for safety sake, and if each blade spins independently of each other and real easy [though one could be jammed somehow], you probably broke the belt. They were just a few bucks shy of $100 a few years ago; I bought two when my last one broke, and luckily I haven't needed the spare. When/if this is the problem, syncronize the blades so that one is 90 degrees to the other. The factory has marks stamped on the pulleys and housing somehow (I'm trying to remember exactly), but in the end lining up those marks achieves that orientation. Hope this helps, Chuck in Cleve Ohio area

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