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We can't start our ride on mower. We thought it was the starter motor(it didn't turn when connected to a 12v battery), so replaced it. Still no power getting through. Might be the safety cut-off switches (problems in the past) might be the solenoid. Does anyone have a place i could get a wiring diagram for a lawn flite sit on mower that's about 15 years old?

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Hit the starter with a big 10 pound sledge-hammer as hard as you can 7 times- this will fix it for good!

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