Question about Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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The seat saftey switch is not functioning correctly. i have replaced the switch and it still is not working. the problem was someone cut the wires and bypassed the switch. when i hooked it up with the new switch and connected it at first and took off the brake the endine stopped. i switched the wires around and then when i tried to engage the clutch the engine stopped. i can get it to run but with only one wire used and the clutch and bades remain running even when i get off the seat. not sure how to fix this.

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Those safety switches connect to a central relay up by the engine. That relay has been known to fail, especially in the craftsman mowers. Some folks have taken the relay out of the wiring harness, heaven forbid, and it cures many of these craftsman mower won't run when I take my foot off the brake problems. Of course if your dog and kids like to play around your mower when you are getting another beer, stand by to be sued for all the dead pets and missing toes for leaving it running unattended.

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