I did the usual pre-season maintenance on the mower. Changed the sparkplug, drained the oil, replaced the oil and fuel filter and replaced the oil. I went to start it after that and all I heard was clicking in the solenoid.
The next day I went to the local JD dealer and picked up a new solenoid and installed it. This time when I turn the key I don't even get clicks, nada.
I can jump the solenoid with a screwdriver and start the engine.
The engine will idle, the next problem is that when I release the parking brake, the engine dies. If I slowly release the parking brake, I can make the engine almost die and push it back in to make the motor rev back up.
With these series of events, I can't tell if it's the solenoid, parking brake safety or something else that is at fault.
I did some searching but didn't find anything related to these symptoms. Any help would be greatly appreciated.