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I'm on my own because my husband had surgery with as specialist 3000 miles away. I have an old 38600c that started just fine. I shut if off to get a drink and when I came back it wouldn't start. When I turn the key, nothing happens. No clicking sound or anything. I know the battery is fine because it was just running, but I cleaned the connections anyway. I verified the safety switch under the seat is plugged in. Are there other safety switches? Maybe one for the brake/clutch? Could there be another reason it won't start? All help is extremely appreciated. I am mechanically inclined (I had an old MGB and I learned to do my own maintenance because it was always in need of repair.)
 

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this happened to my wife's Murray (a dark red '95-'96 14.5hp 42" dick) about 2 weeks ago - same story as yours, went to get something from the house and it wouldn't turn over or start at all when she got back ... I found that the safety switch for the blade engagement had gone bad and I was forced to bypass the safety switch

now I don't mind bypassing the SEAT safety, but the blade safety switch is something I really like to have working ... I ordered a new switch from Tractor Supply ($7) and WILL be hooking it back up when it gets here

if I were you, I'd make sure the mower blade lever is all the way off and make sure you push the clutch all the way down (if it's not a hydro drive) ... another thing I've noticed about this Murray is that you really have to push the brake/clutch down hard to get it to allow it to start SOMETIMES ... if it's an automatic hydro transmission, double check to make sure it's in neutral

the good news is that you most likely didn't break anything or ruin the mower at all ... things like this are almost always easy and cheap to fix once you figure out what's causing it

FYI - the brake switch will be near the inside of where the brake pedal goes into the engine compartment - it will be the only thing attached to the brake lever that has wires on it ... and the mower deck safety switch on ours was near the bottom of the steering shaft (follow the steering wheel all the way down) and it was there attached to where the mower deck lever goes to the under side of the mower inside where the engine is

if you need someone to talk you through any of it on the phone, send me a PM and I'll give you my number and I'll be happy to go out to our Murray and help with as much troubleshooting as I can

best of luck - make sure to let us know what the problem was if you get it figured out

chris
 

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Thanks for all of the information. It is a really stressful time for me and my lawn tractor breaking isn’t helping matters. (Murphy’s Law is at work.) I believe the blades are disengaged, but now I am wondering the level is actually not going down all the way. Here why I think it might be a problem: When the lever is all the way down, should it cause button that is on the safety switch at the base of the steering column to be pushed in? Currently it stops about a half an inch away.

I am pushing the brake/clutch firmly. I should also let you know that I bypassed the seat safety switch by wedging a screw driver in to make it stay on. I might not weigh enough so I wanted to make sure that wasn’t the problem. Additionally, I made sure all of the safety switches were securely connected.
 

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I got it running! Thanks for everyone's help. Of course, Murphy's Law has struck once again. I just walked past my husband's car and saw it has a flat tire! It must have been flat for several weeks because the tire is now shoot. At least that is an easy fix:) Thanks again.
 

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maybe "Murray's Law" would be more appropriate in this case! :hide:

happy to hear you got it running ... was it the blade deck lever switch causing the problem?

also, the tire might be OK if it's just a slow leak - sitting flat, even for several weeks doesn't mean it's automatically shot

if you have a compressor, you can try airing it back up, and if it's come off the rim a little because of the car siting on it, you can just jack the car up a little and then air the tire up and most of the time that will work ... if it still goes flat, most tire shops will do a flat-repair for less than $20

best of luck with everything ... it's hard doing things on your own when you're used to having someone else there to help out ... if my wife had to go somewhere 3000 miles away for any length of time, I'd be LOST

feel free to come back here if you need anything else, there are plenty of people here willing to help out with almost any kind of problem

hope your husband is feeling better - I'm sure he'll be proud to hear that you took care if the mower problem
 

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