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    Default Dead Kill Switch

    My 1983 Johnson 50 hp tiller has a dead kill switch. I had to disconnect gas line to stop the engine. The kill switch is a button on the end of the throttle arm. Is taking apart the throttle where I should begin looking for the problem? Anybody have some advice on this? Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Dead Kill Switch

    While I have no specific experience with this I sure wouldn't go tearing the arm apart until I'd checked for continuity in the kill switch wires.
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    Default Re: Dead Kill Switch

    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoa View Post
    While I have no specific experience with this I sure wouldn't go tearing the arm apart until I'd checked for continuity in the kill switch wires.
    X2 on the continuity test.
    I had one of these switches go bad on my 1987 8hp Johnson last year, the OE replacement was too expensive so I just bought a momentary switch at the hardware store, it was an $8.00 fix.

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