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My 450 lawn tractor will not start. I've used 2 cans of starting fluid (ether) to no avail. I've recharged the battery. Don't know what to try next. I live in FL and it is quite hot here. I didn't have an opportunity to start it for 2 weeks and now . . . . nothing. Everytime I ship it out to the J.D. dealership, it costs a fortune. Please help.

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The usual things that stop the motor from running are either spark or fuel problems. Have you checked to see if there is any spark at the plugs ? To check disconnect the plug lead and rest it on a metal part of the engine and turn the engine over with the starter. If the ignition system is OK, you should see a decent spark from the lead. If no spark you will have to take it to a repair shop. If there is spark then it is likely to be a fuel problem of either too much (flooded) or too little which could mean dirt in the fuel that has got into the carburettor and clogged the small passages inside the carburettor.

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