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I turn the key on my craftsman mower and it just clicks occasionally the new starter turns the flywheel a little but it won't crank please help

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Make sure the battery is fully charged - put it on a charger overnight then try again. If battery is good, suspect the battery connections or cables. Take off the battery leads -- negative first - and clean the terminals and connectors with a wire brush and some baking soda in water. Check that the black lead has a solid connection to the chassis at the end away from the battery; check that the red lead is solidly connected at the solenoid end. Also make sure neither cable is frayed or partially broken. Good luck! Please rate my solution if helpful.

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