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Seems there is no power past the safety seat switch. Can I bypass the switch? Key will not click when turned. Thought it was the selenoid, but have tried screwdriver across selenoid, and the mower will turn over.

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You can put a fuse or a wire jumping across the safety switch under the seat. This is the most common fix you will find for a faulty safety switch. Do NOT do this if children will be around you while you mow or if you let a younger person drive the tractor! That could result in death or serious injury if they got off of the mower while the unit was still in motion.

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