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Lawn tractor turns over real slow. it has new starter and new battery. with the spark plug out it turns over just fine.

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Clean and check all you battery connections.

Especially the ground connection on the frame or motor.

If the cable ends look corroded and frayed.....go to a parts store and get new ones. They are pretty cheap and come in many lengths to fit your needs!

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