Craftsman Mower Won't Start

I have an older Craftsman mower with the 19.5 horse Briggs and Stratton motor that was given to me. The guy said all it needed was a drive belt because the original one broke while he was mowing and he didn't know how to fix it. Well I put a new drive belt on and now the motor won't start with the key, it doesn't make any noises or even attempt to turn over. The headlights will come on with the key, but that's it. I tested the battery and it's good, so I used a screw driver to bridge across the positive and negative side of the silenoid and the motor will turn over, but not start. What could be causing the ignition not to be able to turn over the motor?

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July 21, 20150 found this helpful
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I fixed it! Changed out my solenoid and it fired right up! but now when i put it in gear and let off the clutch it boggs down and dies, it also does the same thing when I try to disengage the blades and let off the clutch, but it runs great with the clutch pushed in, I even idled it up all the way and popped the clutch and the mower only moved like a foot then started bogging down and died again. I have no clue what could be causing this.

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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

Check the gas line from tank to carb mine became soft and collapse when running under a load and starves for gas causing it to stall . I replaced the gas line worked like a champ !

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July 19, 20150 found this helpful

Check your battery and cables and clean the cables. The ignition switch could also be bad. Your battery could be bad.

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

my best guess is that either on of your deck pulleys is frozen or you have something wrapped around the shaft of one of your blades. either will drag the engine down once engaged. it would also cause that belt to have broken before you got it.

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