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I have a MTD 13AH660F000 that will not turn over. My wife was using it and switched to reverse with the blades engaged and it died as it supposed to, but since then it will not turn over at all. I have a brand new battery in it adn even tried jumping it, but still no power. Is there a safety switch or something that has been tripped? The 20amp fuse is fine, but I replaced it anyway. Any help would be appreciated.

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Did you disengage the blades,put it back in neutral and re apply the brake to try restarting?

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