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I washer my Riding mower now it won't start, just no power

After washing my mower and probably wetting something that I shouldn't it won't start. I thought it was the battery, I charged it over night and still nothing. I'm afraid I may have shorted something out. It just doesn't seem like it's getting any power. No lights, just nothing. The mower has an automatic safety shut off switch under the seat. That may be something, I looked at it and wiggled some wires it appears to be working fine. I'm just not sure exactly what it is and would like to fix it myself to save the cost of taking it to the shop adn I need to cut the grass....soon

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Sounds like you may have shorted out a main fuse. The main fuse should either be under the seat where you found that switch or under the bonnet next to the gas tank. Could also be a loose wire going to the solenoid which is also next to the gas tank. Check the solenoid by turning the key on the then use a heavy jumper wire between the two large posts on the solenoid. it should engage the starter, if it doesn't then you have a loose wire somewhere between the battery, ignition or solenoid. Yet again it could also be the key's ignition itself. That should be checked by someone qualified so you don't run the risk of melting something. Very simple test actually and should cost much more than 20 bucks to check it out. Good luck.

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