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How to Disable the Safety on a Murray Mower

By Keith Dooley ; Updated September 21, 2017
Locate the pressure switch on the seat of a Murray mower to disable the safety.
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A safety cut-off switch is located under the seat of a Murray riding lawnmower. The switch is pressure-activated and is designed to disrupt power to the engine of the mower if the operator leaves the seat while the mower is in operation. The wires that connect the switch to the engine must be located and spliced together in order for the switch to be disabled. The ignition will then be the only method used to start and turn off the mower engine.

Raise the seat of the Murray riding mower and locate the safety switch. The switch has two wires that lead to the contacts on the switch.

Pull the wire connectors free from the switch. Use a pair of pliers, if necessary, to pull the wires free.

Cut the wire connectors from the ends of the wires with a pair of wire cutters.

Strip 1-inch of plastic insulation from the ends of both wires with a pair of wire strippers. Hold one of the wires and twist the small individual wire strands together tightly to prevent fraying. Repeat the process with the strands on the second wire.

Overlap the two wires and twist them together. Screw a wire nut onto the twisted wires to hold them together.

Wrap the wires and wire nut with electrical tape to help hold the wires together and seal out moisture. Lower the seat of the Murray mower for operation.


Things You Will Need

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire nut
  • Electrical tape


  • Be aware that disabling the safety on your Murray lawnmower may void the manufacturer's warranty.

About the Author


Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.