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I cant shut off my lawn tractor with the key

I have a lawn tractor that was a (basket case) I can start the tractor with the key but it wont shut off with key..I checked the switch and its fine. Its probably something simple but i cant seem to find it.

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Hi,
I actually had the same problem with my tractor and it turned out to be that I had to run a second ground wire (ground to a separate point) that forces the coil to ground). My suggestion is to remove the flywheel cover and attach a wire (at a different point) to the coil and then start the tractor and when you go to shut it off. Turn the key and then just find a metal point on the tractor to touch the wire to and hopefully the tractor will shut off.
Good luck!

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

  • Mike McDowell Jul 22, 2009

    If this solution works then you can just permanently ground the second wire.

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