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JacobSlabach

riding mower wont start

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i know this isnt an atv but same type of thing.  I have a riding mower im fixing and selling for my aunt and it has a dead battery.  i jumped it off my atv and when i turn the key nothing at all happens.  i tried jumping the relay still nothing.  this is with the seat down.  you wouldnt think this mower would have issues as its a top-of-the-line brand and almost brand new (aunt found it for a good price, still got tits on tires, just sat for a couple months in a mechanic shop

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Sounds like the fuseable link is bad.  I would try to run a thick wire from the battery to the starter and see if it cranks but only bump it for a second. If it does then the line going to the starter is bad or the in line fuseable link.

I would start there.  If not then maybe the motor is seized or the starter is bad.   

 

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ok.  the last it was started, it ran great.  the other thing is the battery is dead- ive been jumping it so i was thinking i could just hook the neg lead from the jumper cables to the mower battery and the pos to the starter

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same here.  never had one do this.  it doesnt click or make any noise when you turn the key or anything

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Ok so treat it as you would your bike.  Figure out the wiring and safety’s and go from there. And yes you can jump right to the starter to make sure the starter and motor turns etc.  

If so then it’s just process of elimination. The safety switch on the seat may be bad, the ignition switch, fuse, grounds, dirty plugs and connections etc. Usual suspects first and dig deeper if it’s more involved.   

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Like Frank was saying lots of safety lock outs, parking brake, blade rotation, etc etc. Everything manufactured since the mid 80's is idiot proofed. Even the Troy Built rototiller. Most use a common wire color on the switches. So disconnecting that lead disables that particular switch. There will be some switches that need to be closed like the seat to operate. It's tedious but you'll get there.

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