Operator Presence Control bar cable - Craftsman mower
I was given a Craftsman 5.5 21" ,model 917.390xxx push mower that I can't start. Oil & gas clean, spark plug good. Then I noticed the operator presence control bar cable appears to be broken at about the halfway point (near the mower handle) . I don't have any experience with the presence bar mowers (my 30 y/o Toro still going strong, but I want to give it to my brother).
Does the Control Bar cable interrupt gas flow, or electrical,or something else, to prevent the mower from starting? Are these cables available for replacement? Can they be bypassed? (just to check if the mower will even start).