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The kill switch appears to be working incorrectly. If the brake or cruise control is on the tractor engine runs fine. However, while sitting in the seat, in the on position, engine running, as soon as the brake is disengaged the engine dies. Help?

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If the seat safety switch is not working, disengaging the brake or engaging the blades would cause the engine to stop.

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