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I side swiped a tree breaking off the deflector shield. Now after repairing the shield I cannot get the mower to run. The mower is a Poulan Model PO18542LT. It will not do anything when I turn the key.

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The battery might be bad check that also the starter could have faulty wiring to the batery if you have the manual look at it

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