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Briggs engine starting problem

When I try to turn over/start my riding mower it is very difficult to the point where the starter will get hot and start smokin before it can turn over the engine sometimes I have to jump start it with the batterycharger to get it going, could you please tell me why this is.

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Maybe the connections to the battery are bad. The battery could be bad. The starter could be bad as the most likely cause.
The crankshaft could have too much resistance to mvoement.

Check these things out before calling a service center for your lawn tractor riding mower.

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