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Sears Craftsman 24hp Garden Tractor repairman just left and it won't start

Willma My sears craftsman 24hp Garden Tractor wouldn't start. Called sears; waited almost a month for appt. The guy came and replaced the solenoid; started it 3 times. My husband went directly out to begin mowing and it started 30 seconds, quit and will not restart. When you turn the key, it clicks but no compression no start. I called sears as the bill was about $150, the next appt was a month away. I will fix it myself or die trying! Can you please help?
Joe If sol for starter clicking,check for loose connections at battery/starter terminals on sol & starter motor,if all conections tight,take a jumper cable directly from battery pos terminal to post on starter,starter should crank eng,if not problem probably in starter motor.As far as eng quitting after 30 sec(with the exception of getting off seat with clutch engaged/mower deck engaged)this could indicate a fuel problem/safety sw problem on eng/tractor
davey also, check to make sure the pto is turned off if you have the electric mower clutch. if switch is on, the starter wont engage and you will hear a click as the clutch engages when key is turned on.

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