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Sabre ubrubtly shut down, and will not restart

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Ok, I have a Sabre lawn tractor with the 18hp intek vtwin. I was mowing the lawn one day and all of a sudden it quit running. I thought I ran out of gas, but no.
Now, I have been starting my lawn mower by bi-passing the starter switch. My positive battery cable at the battery is corroded and wont get a good connection. I haven't got around to replacing it. So I would just jump the starter with a jumper cable from the positive terminal to the starter.
now that we got that out of the way. The tractor was not out of gas. I checked the oil, and it was a bit low. I put oil in it. Wentto jump start it, it cranked over but would not fire, but immediately smoke came pouring from the front of the engine. Smelt like electrical. Sure enough, a ground wire fried on the front of the engine. I have no clue what it is. Fuel shut off switch? It's on the bottom of the carb. I sprayed carb cleaner in the air cleaner to see if it would fire up. It fired up immediately with more electrical smoke, I heard a bad knock during the 2 seconds it was running. I also noticed some oil leaking from the left side of the engine.I have had nothing but problems with this sabre, but never the briggs engine. It looks terminal, but who knows, maybe it's an easy fix? help is appreciated! Thanks
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Thanks for the info guys. So that solenoid under the carb is a fuel shutoff?, or does it ground the ignition? I'm going to dive into it tomorrow. I have a spare engine, which, I suppose would be the easy fix for me, but I don't want to use it if I do not have to. Rather build a wood splitter..heh
ah, ok. Thanks alot. I did notice the clicking when the key switch was turned on.
Ok, I fixed the battery lead. It Appears that solenoid on the bottom of the carb was cooked. The 2 wires leading to the plastic connector, nor the plastic connector were hurt or burnt. The plastic from the solenoid itself was burnt. And the burnt plastic appeared to me as if it were a burnt wire casing, the way it bubbled up. I'm off to the local john deere dealership to pick a new solenoid up.... ugh
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