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Mower starts, but when I let off clutch, it dies.

New riding mower. Starts fine, but when I let off the clutch it dies. I can keep the clutch depressed and try to engage the blades and it dies. I'm thinking on of the safety switches is bad...

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  • budman2121 Dec 29, 2008

    New riding mower here too. Starts fine, but when I let off the clutch it dies. I can keep the clutch depressed and try to engage the blades and it dies. I'm also thinking the safety switch under the seat is bad...For me it's been intermittant.


  • raybug Mar 22, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Craftsman riding mower 42 inch, it will run fine, but when I let out on the clutch it dies.
    What does "archerword" mean by the mowing deck?

  • joe May 11, 2010

    is the choke off (open) when you are trying to go? choke is usually on (closed) when starting, but then should be off when ready to mow.

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When the seat goes out of adjustment due to the crappy adjustment bolt design, the bolt inadvertantly engages the safety switch under the seat.

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Grass and debris clogg the switch mechinisms, safety interlocks are sometimes a pain to diagnose but I would first look at the seat interlock, the petal switch and ffinally then the mowing deck.

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