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Have crafstman riding lawn mower: replaced battery, ignition switch, solenoid, and spark plug but it still will not crank and start up. what is the problem?

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Double check the ground wire going from the battery terminal to the engine...it is usually on a mount bolt at the engine...if the mount bolt is loose, it's a poor connection...

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