Craftsman II Riding Mower won't start

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Old 10-24-11, 08:39 AM
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Craftsman II Riding Mower won't start

I have a Craftsman II model 917.254520 that won't start. When I turn the key nothing happens; every once in awhile like when I disconnect & reconnect something there will be one click when I turn the key. Starter does not engage though.

First I tried another battery that I know works--same problem, and I later found that my battery is good. I'm getting 12V to the solenoid. Tried to jump the solenoid with a screwdriver and nothing happend so I started more testing. When I turn the key I'm getting 12V to the other side of the solenoid and to the starter. I assumed I had a bad starter and purchased a new one. Same thing...no start. I bench tested the new starter and it works.

I assume the problem might be a ground somewhere but I'm not sure how I would test for this. Is there a way to jump from the battery right to the starter (i.e. where's the ground wire go)?
 
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Old 10-24-11, 10:01 AM
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Basically you did just jump directly to the starter from the battery - you placed a screwdriver between the two heavy posts. Check your ground cable from the battery post to where it attaches to the frame of the mower; I'll bet you need to clean this up and you'll be good.
 
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Just wanted to let you know that you were correct. I took some sandpaper to some of the ground terminals and it started right up even though they looked pretty clean.
 
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Old 11-17-11, 10:13 AM
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Good news and thanks for updating your thread.
 
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Old 11-18-11, 03:15 AM
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You might want to try replacing the old plug with a new,... you can fold a dollar in half for gap thats close enough
 
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Old 11-18-11, 06:20 PM
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Actually, it would take several dollar bills folded in half to gap a spark plug sufficiently. It should be set at .030". Replacing a spark plug won't do anything to help an engine that the starter doesn't work though.
 
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