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My Craftsman G5000 mower chokes off when I release the clutch

Craftsman GT500 mower/tractor cranks and idles fine. When I relaease the the clutch with the mower in neutral or in gear, the engine chokes off. Is there a safety precaution that I'm missing?

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    when i release the clutch nothing happens in forward or reverse gears

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    craftsman tractor mower revs up and down

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Bad ropes safety switch under the seat.

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