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Won't start,the battery needle goes (-) when the key is turn to start

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Can you hear the Solenoid click when to try to start? If not, I had the same problem it was the Solenoid. Sears insisted it must be the battery even though it was weak but not dead. Replaced the battery but it still would not work. Replaced the Solenoid and did the trick.

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Sounds like you have a bad battery.

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