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Craftsman riding lawn mower will not turn over.

I have replaced the battery and checked the starter. Any suggestions what to check next?

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Check to see if there are any safety switches on the seat that may have gone bad and aren't allowing for it to start. Also check the clutch. Some mowers require it to be depressed in order for the engine to turn over.

Posted on Jul 04, 2009

  • Lauri Lewis Aug 05, 2011

    I have depressed the clutch and how do I tell if the safety switch under the seat is faulty?



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