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My riding mower won't start, it cranks but it won't start. I changed the spark plug and I am not getting arc, what could be the problem?

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It is likely one of the safety switches is cutting off the spark. They are designed to turn off the mower should you fall off the seat, or try to mow is reverse, etc. These switches get dirty and quit working. They are located under the seat, on the clutch/brake pedal, on the PTO lever (blade engagement), and on the trans gear selector. The least expensive repair is just to replace all of the switches yourself. A local repair shop will typically charge $60 per hour to figure out which switch is bad and then another $40 to $50 to replace it. Expect $200+.
Good luck!

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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