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I have a 20 hp 42 in cutting deck mower. When I let out on the clutch, the engine shuts off. I am sure it is a safety switch, but I cant locate it.

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The safety switch is under the seat. It senses weight in the seat, and if it's not working properly, the engine will die when you let out the clutch. It's not always a bad switch - it could have simple come loose or the mounting may be broken or misadjusted. Or the connector to it could be loose, or the wire could have been pinched and broken, so check it all out before you replace the switch.

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