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no power to the starter celenoid

I have an older Craftsman riding mower with a Kohler engine. I've replaced the key switch, and by passed safety switches still no power to the starter celenoid.power from new battery nothing from switch. Am I missing something?

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@markes would you have a model number on your Craftsman?

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I have an older Craftsman GT 6000. When I turn the key, NOTHING. I wiggled all the wires around and found the culprit. The plug that goes into the ignition switch. Part of it was melted. When I wiggled and pressed on it I was able to get a response. The dash lit up and there was power to the starter but not enough to turn the engine over. I'm assuming I need to replace that plug.

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@markes could be any of the safety switches as well as a bad ignition key. I know you said you did bypass the switches but the only way of doing that for sure is by applying jumpers or connecting the cables without the switches. There should also be a fuse that comes from the ignition switch to the solenoid, check on that as well. I am sure you already checked the battery wires and ignition switch wires for corrosion etc. and your new battery is fully charged. Use a set of booster cables and see if you can get the starter to work by using those cables instead of going through the wiring of your mower. I attached some wiring diagrams of typical wiring for a riding mower. Let us know what you find out and about the model etc.

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Very helpful but I'm still getting no power to the sylanoid8

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