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Engine won't shut off

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04-07-07, 06:40 PM   #1  
Engine won't shut off

I have an older Craftsman riding mower that was given to me. My son and I have just finished putting a new starter and other misc parts. We finally got it to stat today and it sounds great. The only problem is it won't shut off!! Obviously I pulled the spark plug wire to get it to die. Any advice?? Thanks!

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04-08-07, 06:47 AM   #2  
If you were doing electrical work you may have left a wire unconnected or knocked something loose, or a bad ignition switch. Basically you short the ignition to ground (there should be a wire there for this already) so there is no spark and the engine dies.

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04-08-07, 09:39 AM   #3  
You may wish to make sure your ignition switch is makinbg proper ground. Older machines that have sat around a lot can build up rust between the switch and chassis until the switch no longer makes ground when shut off.

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