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Donald, Small Engine Technician
Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  I have 25+ years of experience repairing 2 & 4 cycle engines
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Ran over what I thought was a pine cone while mowing guess I

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Ran over what I thought was a pine cone while mowing guess I was wrong as the engine shut off and now won't start not even a clicking noise when I turn the key UGH
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: plenty checked connections of spark plug and battery connections also
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: don't know depends on how complicated/ Does it have a shear pin that may have broken to protect the shaft from bending
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Not really except that I am an older women with limited funds but some knowledge
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

What is the brand of your mower?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
troybuilt 26j mini rider
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for this information. On the mini riders, there is a safety switch for your black plastic discharge chute. If your black plastic discharge chute becomes misaligned, it no longer depresses the button on your safety switch, therefore preventing your engine from starting.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
took it off and replaced
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Are you saying that you replaced the safety switch?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no just made sure everything was connected properly, also checked connections of battery and spark plug to make sur they were connected properly
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Did you see the safety switch I am referring to?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Never mind my neighbor saw me outside double checking that switch for the 4th time still no start said he had a similar problem he replaced the fuse for me and its working.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

No problem. Checking the switch was just a starting point for troubleshooting. I do hope all continue to go well for you.