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Scotts 1742 won't start

I have a Scotts S 1742 riding mower that I have recently done a tune up on (spark plug, oil/filter, and air filter). Even before the tune up and still after it, my mower will not start without a jump start directly to the starter. I have had the battery tested and charged and it is less than a year old. If I jump to the battery or try to start without a jump at all, I only get a few clicks from the engine but it doesn't even attempt to turn over. When jumping to the starter, the engine will spin but won't actually start until I turn the key. Any suggestions on what to check or replace are greatly appreciated.
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My guess would be either the starter solenoid or a connection issue in the wire running from the battery to it.
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Like Mark said and also possible corroded key switch.


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key has to be on for it to start, the rest sounds like starter solenoid.

disconnect the starter wire then listen if you hear it click when you turn the key, it should be a noticeable click or clunk when it activates.


if its activating then the wiring is good and the contacts inside it are bad, if its not clicking then you have to trace the wiring bad to the switch and see where it is bad but first, save a lot of trouble by checking if the main fuse isnt blown
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