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Lawn mower runs when I use jumper cables at the starter. Brake does not work but needs to be pressed in to start. When you turn the key with out jumper cables it makes a click noise under the rear end but does not start, only at the starter with cables..What do you think it is. When it starts it runs great.

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I would check the starter solenoid if it is bad it wont make an electrical connection to make the starter work.

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