How to Bypass the Back-Up Safety on a Riding Mower

Answer

Ratchet

Sockets

Pliers

Warning

If you disable this safety feature, there is a possibility that you may cause damage to your property as well as personal harm to yourself. If you disable this safety feature in a permanent manner, the manufacturer’s warranty could not cover any future repairs or replacements.

The majority of riding lawnmowers and tractors come with a safety device that prohibits the user from putting the machine in reverse while the deck is down and/or the blade is engaged. These mechanisms are factory-installed and come standard on the machines. It is the purpose of this safety feature to prohibit an operator from cutting without first having a clear view of any obstructions that may be behind him. On a riding mower, this safety switch may be circumvented with very little in the way of additional hardware.

  1. Raise the hood of your riding mower and use a ratchet and socket to detach the battery wires, beginning with the post that is connected to the negative terminal.

  2. Find the safety switch next to the terminal on the battery that is labelled “negative.” Find a plastic harness that has cables attached to it.

  3. Grab the cables as well as the plastic harness, and then use your hands to disconnect the wires from the harness. If you are unable to detach the wires from the harness by pulling on them by hand, you should instead use pliers to do it.

  4. The next step is to drop the hood of your riding mower after you have used the ratchet and socket to reconnect each battery wire to its respective post, beginning with the positive or red cable.

  5. Take your place in the driver’s seat. Turn on your riding mower by inserting the key into the ignition and turning it on. Reduce the height of the deck, activate the cutting blade, and put the tractor into reverse before performing a functionality check.