Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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What does it do now when you try to start it? Do you hear any kind of noises? Clicks? Buzzes? Make certain that the mower deck is disengaged.
My first suggestion would be as safety switch problem that is not allowing the unit to crank or attempt to crank.
Can you access the starter solenoid? What happens if you jump across the two large post of the solenoid?
Headlights on the majority of riding mowers are AC which basically means that they won't work unless the engine is running.
Does this have a Briggs engine?
Magnum, Command, Courage series engine?
The wire from the starter post will lead back to the solenoid which is most likely under the seat. If you can get access to the two large post on the solenoid you can jump across them which should crank the engine and get it started as long as the battery is good.
I am to assume that you have checked the mower deck engage to make certain that it is off. You are depressing the clutch pedal or have the parking brake locked.
There is a fuse located within about six inches of the starter solenoid in the main wiring that goes back up to the ignition switch but again it is located within about six inches of the starter solenoid. If you can't access the solenoid right now it is going to be hard to get to the inline fuse.
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