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Tractor stalling My tractor stalls as soon as I release the brake/clutch pedal.

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  • bpkerr Oct 13, 2008

    I cut grass for 10 to 15 minutes when it starts to cut out. I can manipulate the choke enough to get me back to the garage usually, but sometimes not. This is very frustrating when you just spent $2200.00 on the thing. I originally thought the engine was over heating, but after cleaning the air filter I don't believe this is it. I changed the fuel filter and no luck. I am leaning toward electrical. What happened to the good ol days when gas was gravity fed and all you needed was air and a spark to make it work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Check wires on switch under seat

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