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When you engage your handles, the contacts in the safety switches for your handles are closing, and sending ground directly to your ignition coil, to kill your engine. The ground path for your safety switches first goes through your seat safety switch. This leads me to believe that either your seat safety switch, or the wiring connector that attaches to it, is at fault.
Ronnie, also check to make sure you are getting a good connection between your seat safety switch, and the wiring connector that attaches to it.
Remove your wiring connector from your seat safety switch. Clean and lightly lubricate your wiring connector, then re-connect it to your seat safety switch, then give your mower another try. Let's see what happens.
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