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Checking the Stop Switch

What is the engine stop switch wire? Where is it located and how is it checked?

If your lawn mower stops unexpectedly while you're mowing around trees or bushes, you may have accidentally disconnected the sop switch wire, a short wire extending from the brake assembly to ignition armature (image A)
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A disconnected stop switch wire may ground the ignition, preventing the spark plug from firing. Under ordinary conditions, the stop switch is designed to stop the engine any time you release the brake bail on the equipment handle.

You should be able to get the engine running again by pressing on the flexible metal tab on the stop switch and reattaching the wire. Take care not to break the wire as you twist it back into position.



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