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Can you tell me if you are getting voltage to the starter post when you try to start the engine?
Have you checked the inline fuse to make certain that it is good?
Put one test lead of your meter to the starter post and the other to a good ground somewhere on the frame and then try to start the engine and tell me what kind of voltage you are getting at that time.
12.5 between the two posts on the solenoid when you tried to start the engine?
Can you manually turn the engine by hand?
If you are getting 12.5 between the two posts on the solenoid when you try to start the engine then you have to be getting 12.5 or near that at the starter post to a good ground.
Check the engine mounting bolts and make certain that they are all tight and that the engine is grounded to the frame good. Also check the starter mounting bolts where it mounts to the engine and make certain that it is tight. If either one of these are not tight it will cause a loss of ground and the starter won't operate.
Yes, they hold the engine tight to the frame which keeps it grounded.
There could be a cable coming from the negative post of the battery to one of the mounting bolts but not usually on this brand of equipment. They depend on a good solid tight engine bolt which will keep the engine grounded to the frame which in turn leads back to the battery ground cable.
If you are concerned about the ground or a grounding issue you can always run a cable directly from the negative post of the battery directly to one of the engine mount bolts which will eliminate possible problems with grounding back through the rest of the frame.
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