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I know that the mower is not suppose to start with no one in the seat but it does

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On all John Deere 100 series, you can and should be able to start the mower without being in the seat.

  • First get in the seat and lock down the brake/clutch.
  • Run the fuel lever up to choke.
  • Make sure the PTO is off.
  • On a manual tranny put it in neutral.
  • Step off the machine and turn the key.
  • Waaalaa, it will crank, start, and run.

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Then the wire to the micro switch for the seat is shorting out on a lever for the cutter deck

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