Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Riding mower won't turn over

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I have a six year old Arens 42" hydro static riding mower.  Not heavily used, once every two to three weeks.  Has been working well, last used three weeks ago.  When I turn the key all I get is a click.  That's it, just one single click. Not multiple clicks. Charged the battery.  Same thing. Took battery in, they said it was fully charged.  In abundance of caution, bought and installed new battery.  Same thing just a click.   Don't know if it makes a difference but the climate is humid.  Hawaii.   What should I check (that I can do myself).  i unfortunately don't have a trailer to drag to a repair shop.  Bought it at Home Depot.  They don't carry them anymore and were no help.
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Lived in HI for 5 years...Oahu...not too many riders can in the shop.

Remove the spark plug first.

Try turning the engine by placing you hand on top of the engine.  Try both directions and see if it will turn.  If so, get on the mower and make sure all the levers are in the start positions, blades off, and see if turning the start key will spin the engine.

Let me know what happens.
Eric

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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