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Separating the Kill switch from the Ignition switch is a very very very good idea on the old Tecumseh engines. All it takes is a bit of moisture or wear or even a bit of dirt inside of the switch to Kill the Solid State ignition coil on those old Tecumseh engines. Any current fed back through the Kill Wire will instantly kill those coils and they are very expensive to replace IF you can even find a good used one. Leave it hooked to the headlight switch or wire it to a toggle switch.

Most likely the previous owner had 1 go bad. Every running Tecumseh HH100-HH160 powered tractor that I own got the same treatment.

same with my wheel horse, except I don't know if the shut off works or not I just put switch to the coil and it worked until it got cold and snapped the switch finger off. guess the headlights are permanently switched on when engine is running
 
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