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Whyte Riding Mower Won't Start

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I have a Whyte riding mower and I cannot get it to turn over.

I went to start the mower which was last used about a week ago, and it would hardly even try to turn over. It seemed like the battery was almost dead, however it has a brand new battery that was installed in the spring and has worked fine all summer, up to and including last weekend.

Also, holding the key down to try and turn it over, I noticed some minor smoke curling up from under the engine on the (what would be) passenger side of the engine under the hood.

Any ideas what this could be?

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I should have mentioned the smoke had an electrical burn smell to it rather than a fuel or gas smell.

Also, I just tried it again and it finally turned over after a big backfire.

Any ideas as to what the issue could be and how to fix it? It's a few years old and new to me, but I doubt it has been maintained well.
Sounds like your carb is flooding and gas is getting in your combustion chamber causing vapor lock. The smoke is just from your starter being over worked. Pull your spark plug out and crank the engine and see if it blows gas out. Also check your oil to see if any gas got mixed with the oil.If it did you will have to fix the carb and change the oil before you run the engine.
Or valves need adjustment or a bad cable .check battery ground connections.
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