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2010 Cub cadet 1040 won't start. Bought new. Pulled ignition switch and checked per web instructions appears ok. New battery. When I hook up battery I get a minor spark. When I check the ground on battery to ground on engine it gives me 12 volts. I have no idea why that would happen. Researching for 2 days without anyone having something similar. Wife wants me to just buy a new mower but now it is making me nuts that I can't figure it out. I've always been a back yard mechanic. Should I pull off the regulator? I see how to test it running but not off the mower. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Big T
 

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Thanks for the response. I have the solenoid off the mower and it seems to check out fine. I did notice that two wires were not connected, the ones with the spade clips. I'll put back the solenoid this morning and attach the spade type wires. Terry
 

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Put solenoid back on with wires connected as shown on internet. Turn key to start and solenoid rattles like no tomorrow. Tested battery while doing this and the battery drops to 7 to 8 volts. Wife wasn't happy about holding tester on battery while I cranked engine. Ran ground wire from good engine ground to battery negative, Engine cranked over without key on. Engine started but it shut down as soon as I removed the heavy duty ground wire. Figured I would burn something up by leaving it connected. Driving me nuts. I went over all the wiring to see if I have an exposed wire. Any Ideas? Thanks Terry
 

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Great write up. I'll attempt what you suggest on your post and get back to you. If there is a way to bypass everything so I can at least mow what would that be? Thanks T
 
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