How to replace "ignition switch" on Craftsman rider mower

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Old 07-06-05, 04:30 AM
MaryJane
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How to replace "ignition switch" on Craftsman rider mower

I am attempting to replace what is known as a "plug and play" ignition switch on my riding mower. The plugs are impossible to get all the way into the new piece, the ignition switch; and then, when I think it should make contact and I can electrical tape the space between the switch and plugs, and connect it all back - I can't even turn the thing with the key! The Sears manual does not have instructions for this. Can anyone please provide advice? Thanks, Mary Jane
 
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Old 07-06-05, 07:00 AM
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You most likely still have some corosion and debris in the plug contacts. Disconnect the battery, using small tool or wire and compressed air is the best I have found unless u have a tool to remove the contacts themselves. May help to use a light coating of non conductive lubricant such as WD-40 after cleaning the plug.

P.S. It is possible that the plug is part of the original problem instead of the switch. One or more of the contacts may be coroded to the point it will not conduct.
 
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Old 07-06-05, 04:04 PM
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Furtherance to lubricating plugs?!?!?

Originally Posted by Azis
You most likely still have some corosion and debris in the plug contacts. Disconnect the battery, using small tool or wire and compressed air is the best I have found unless u have a tool to remove the contacts themselves. May help to use a light coating of non conductive lubricant such as WD-40 after cleaning the plug.

P.S. It is possible that the plug is part of the original problem instead of the switch. One or more of the contacts may be coroded to the point it will not conduct.
I have the new plug (like an electrical cord) and therein lies the difficulty of getting the plugs into the appropriate holes! Are you saying that I can actually spray these plugs to ease getting them into the wiring harness thing? I've never heard of using WD40 to spray electrical things. Mary Jane
 
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Old 07-08-05, 12:37 AM
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I think what Azis means is that the connector may be the problem. Part of the plug from the last switch could be still in there, or corrosion could be in it, or whatever. I agree, that's what it sounds like to me too.
 
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