How to Replace the Seat on a Riding Lawn Mower



This DIY riding mower repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the seat on a riding lawn mower. For safety, a switch in the riding mower seat allows the mower to run only when it senses that someone is on the seat. If the seat is cracked or the foam cushioning inside the seat is missing or broken down, the seat switch might not engage when you’re in the seat. In that case, the engine shuts off when you release the brake. To fix the problem, replace the seat with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace the seat on common Craftsman, Husqvarna, MTD, Troybilt, Toro, Murray, Snapper, Cub Cadet and Ariens riding lawn mowers and lawn tractors.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Seat

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Wrench set
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Let the engine cool.

Park the tractor on a level surface and set the parking brake.

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to Replace the Seat on a Riding Lawn Mower

Step 1: Disconnect the battery

Turn the ignition switch off and remove the key.

Lift the seat.

Remove the bolt connecting the negative cable to the battery and tuck the cable away from the battery so it doesn't touch the battery post.

Step 2: Remove the old seat

Remove the retaining bolt and washer from the seat bottom.

Press the seat adjustment lever and slide the seat fully forward.

Release the locking tab and pull the seat off the bracket while supporting the seat adjustment lever.

Remove the seat adjustment lever.

Disconnect the wire harness from the seat switch.

Rotate the seat switch counterclockwise to release it and pull it off the seat.

Remove the old seat.

Step 3: Install the new seat

Push the seat switch into the new seat's bottom and rotate the switch clockwise to lock it in place.

Connect the wire harness to the switch.

Install the adjustment lever and support it while you snap the new seat into the bracket.

Reinstall the retaining bolt and washer.

Step 4: Reconnect the battery

Reconnect the negative cable to the negative battery terminal.

Lower the seat.