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I was using my 625 b&g mower just fine until it shut off by itself. now when i try to pull the cord it is "locked" and wont budge. can someone please describe how i can trouble shoot the issue? thanks so much!! ~LORY~

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I think you better check the oil, sounds like it may have ran out of oil and set up. If this is the case you are looking at a new Motor or Mower

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