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Murray riding mower won't start

Battery good, gas and oil good. I turn key and hear a click sound but starter will not crank engine. I did this 5-6 times and it finally started but when I tried it again, nothing. Up until now, I have had no problems.

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  • thomasdenig Jun 18, 2009

    Absolutely correct. The solenoid. Thank you for the help.

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Sounds like a defective starter solenoid.

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