How to Bypass the Seat Switch on a John Deere STX 46

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How to Bypass the Seat Switch on a John Deere STX 46
Riding lawnmowers have a seat switch to kill the engine (tondre le gazon image by fotogisèle from Fotolia.com)

The seat switch on a John Deere, such as the STX 46, is designed to kill the engine when the rider gets off the seat. This is known as a pressure switch. You can bypass the seat switch on a John Deer STX 46 by wiring the switch so that the circuit on the seat is always completed or active. This can be done by inserting a piece or wire into the switch or connecting the switch wires together.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wire cutters
  • Small length of wire
  • Wire covers
  • Electrical tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lift the seat of the mower up so you can access the switch that is wired to the bottom.

  2. 2

    Unplug the switch from the socket that is on the seat.

  3. 3

    Cut the insulation off the ends of a small length of wire with the wire cutters.

  4. 4

    Bend the wire into a "U" shape and plug the wire into the switch.

  5. 5

    Wrap electrical tape around the switch to keep the wire connected.

  1. 1

    Life the seat of the mower up so you can access the switch that is wired to the bottom.

  2. 2

    Cut the electrical wires from the switch with the wire cutters. Remove about ½ inch of insulation from the end of each wire.

  3. 3

    Twist the wires together and then cover the wires with a wire cover or electrical tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Leave at least 1 ½ inches of wire connected to the switch so you can reconnect the wires.
  • Bypassing the seat switch on your STX 46 is dangerous because the mower deck will continue run when you get off the tractor.

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