I have an older Briggs and Stratton mower of the type you can get at Home Depot.

I think something in the safety mechanism broke. The safety mechanism is a bail on the mower handle that must be depressed to allow the engine to start. The safety cable (called the "stop cable") and its latch are ok, but I think that whatever they connect to inside of the engine compartment broke.

Is this a repair that is easily possible, or will it be a can of worms to open up the mower?

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    Usually possible to repair - get the parts etc, but you k=need to work out which ones.....
    – Solar Mike
    May 12, 2019 at 16:05
  • Take off all the useless plastic trim and you will see how the mechanism works; I made mine permanently bypassed (not saying you should bypass a safety feature, just saying I did). May 13, 2019 at 1:57
  • The manufacturer's website, or online parts stores, should have an "exploded view" diagram of replacement parts which will tell you what part(s) are involved. You could then order a replacement or figure out next steps. (Safety mechanisms are your friend-- don't bypass them.) May 13, 2019 at 10:34

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The answer is yes they can be repaired, my mower the cable to the break broke, type that 3 times fast LOL, On my model the cable releases a spring loaded break shoe that stops the magneto quickly. Thx cable broke right at the connection point (the staged on end failed) in my case I was able to braze the cable back together but the cable was less than 20$ so I fixed it and ordered the new cable knowing it wouldn’t last that was over a year ago but it is getting close again so I will probably need to put the new one in before the end of summer, I had to remove my oil dip stick 1 bolt , the metal cowling 4 bolts flipped the cowling over and could access the cable not hard at all.

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