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I have sears tractor with a briggs engine # 42E777 the starter would not engage when i tryed to start it so i picked up a new one on e-bay hooked it up an it dose the same thing turn the key over an starter spins but dont engage any info would be a great big help

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The Bendick's are bad or it may not be geting full power to it is your cabel good

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