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If the ignition switch being removed have anything to do with my craftsman riding lawnmover stalling when I let out the clutch/brake?

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Likely YES. Need Make/Model/Year/Engine Model/Transmission Model/Deck Size, and hours on meter if you have one. A short description of the events preceding the beginning of the problem is also helpful.

Without the Year and Model numbers we can only assume the machine is say...less than 15 years old. If so the safety system ground circuit runs through the Key switch, as well as the Brake, PTO, Seat, and Reverse switch system. If you have removed the Key switch (ignition switch, same thing) you have altered the Kill system on the machine. This would account for your problem. Exactly how, I cannot specify not knowing what machine you have. they are all wired a bit differently. The principles are the same tho.

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SOURCE: engine dies off once brake/clutch is released

Your answer was perfect, when I located the saftey switch it was not working properly.

Thanks a million, Ron

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman 42" 19.5hp B&S Stalling

i have a crafsman mower and it only cranks it wont start wat would be wrong

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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SOURCE: engine stalls when clutch/brake pedal is released

Under the seat, there is a operator presence switch, if this switch fails, the mower will shut off when the brake is released, or put in any gear.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: riding mower dies when releasing brake

the seat switch is the problem. the switch itself could be bad, but usually theproblem is that the connector is just not plugged in all the way [by the way, trying to bypass the switch by inserting the wire doesn't work because there is a "switch" inside the connector to prevent you from doing just what you did]

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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SOURCE: tractor starts, stalls when blade is engaged, or brake released

you have a safety switch malfunctioning or a transistorized relay not working properly. Go to www.partsdirect.com, this is sears website. It should be able to find and illustrated parts list for your mower.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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