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Zero turn mower will not start while cranking, but when you disenguage starter it will start and run.What causes this you crank a long time and it will not start until turning key to on?

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When cranking an engine there is a very large drain on a battery so much so that if the battery is inadequate ( half flat or faulty cells ) there is no current left for the ignition system
however at the point you release the key from the start position there is a spike that is enough to fire a motor that is still turning over
Sort of like that will not start of the key but will when push started
have a load test done on the battery
if it is good , check for broken wires for the ignition circuit when the starter is engaged --could be in the starter switch itself not making contact for the run circuit

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