Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Riding mower, new glitch


I have a Scott's S2046 riding mower. The brake pedal must be depressed to start & still works fine.  But when I release the brake pedal, it dies immediately.  If it has not stopped turning over, it will restart if all I do is depress the brake pedal.  This is new. I has started fine for 12 years.  What can I do to fix this please?

Did you check the brake/clutch safety switch? It could be another safety switch actually causing the problem.  I would trace each wire to each switch, brake/clutch, seat, and blade engage switch.  Sometimes you just need to dis-connect and re-connect the switch connection as they can corrode.

If you are still having the problem the next step is to use a multimeter and check each switch to make sure they are working.  If they are working then you have a wire shorted to ground in one of the circuits.

Let me know what you find.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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