How to Replace the Stop Cable on a Lawnmower : Lawnmower Maintenance & Repair



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Replacing the stop cable on a lawnmower is a process that begins by first removing the bracket that holds the cable to the handle. Replace the stop cable on a lawnmower with help from the star of the eReplacementParts.com DIY video repair series in this free video clip.

Expert: Mark Sodja
Filmmaker: Jeff Goodey

Series Description: If you take good care of your lawnmower, it in turn will allow you to take good care of your yard. Get tips on the basics of lawnmower maintenance and repair with help from the star of the eReplacementParts.com DIY video repair series in this free video series.

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13 thoughts on “How to Replace the Stop Cable on a Lawnmower : Lawnmower Maintenance & Repair

  1. This is a great, easy to understand video. BUT……those kill switch cables go obsolete in a couple years. I have a mower than still runs great but I have nowhere else from which to cannibalize a kill switch cable. SO I am forced to dump a perfectly good lawn mower???? (I chewed out Sears which makes this Craftsman mower I have.) SO I'm online looking for ways to bypass the kill switch. I wouldn't mind doing it the right way but the right way is not open to me.

  2. thank you so much Ehow garden.  This Kill Switch cable broke just when I was digging through 4 feet of grass.  I had to pilfer the cable from another old beat up lawnmower but installing only took a few minutes and I was cutting the grass again.  thank you very much for the quick easy guide

  3. People treating this like they're matching up blood types. It just has to pull. However you get there is fine. String, whatever. I like to remove all that kill crap anyway, then reverse the spring down at the kill switch so the mower is always in on position. Crank it and it starts. To turn it off, bend down and push the switch against the pull of the spring until it touches and grounds out, cutting the mower off. That how they mostly were prior to the 80s. No stupid kill handle to hold on to all the time, and you could walk away from your mower to pick up a stick or whatever and let it run. The kill switch crap just allows them to charge more for the mower and make more stupid overpriced replacement products, and the safety aspect is mostly bullshit. People weren't running over themselves with mowers in 1981. I hate pussies.

  4. How do you put tension on the cable if there isn't enough to engage that spring?
    I replaced mine but there is way too much slack in the cable

  5. I have a Craftsman mower. Thanks to your video, I think I can change my cable if need be. My issue is that once we release the safety bar, the lawnmower does not shut off. Is this a cable or switch issue?

  6. How do I know if it is the stop cable that is the problem? Mine will not depress, almost like it is kinked, but cable seems straight enough.

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