Question about Craftsman 42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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Craftsman 42" 19.5hp B&S Stalling

Craftsman riding lawnmower has been sitting in my parent's garage for over 2 years. I was able to get the engine started, but engine will only run while clutch is depressed. If I let off of clutch, mower stalls - it doesn't matter if the mower is in neutral, reverse or forward gear.

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    while running mower makes a noise when clutch is disengaged

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    I have a poulan pro model 185h42st riding mower... when I get it started and let out on the clutch to move forward or reverse the engine dies. I have started it repeatedly let out on the clutch and the engine dies, is there a fuse or switch causing this problem ?? Please help

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    Brad Locke Oct 15, 2015

    Setting up this long the,tells me that it's the carburetor is fouled up. When you leave a gasoline motor with gas in the carburetor,for a stretch of time,the gas evaporates,shellac builds up In the small port holes in the carburetor. This causes gas not to get to the plugs. Now,you can try a can of carburetor cleaner. Pour a small amount as directed,into the gas tank along with fresh gas,try to start the motor,if it starts,let it run for a while. Let the new gas and cleaner,work to remove the shellac in the small port holes in the carburetor. If this method,doesn't clean the carburetor,then it have to be removed and dissembled and cleaned by hand the inner body and the port holes. Also check the in line fuel filter,as a matter of fact, just discard it,why waist the time,it dirty too. Sincerely,Brad Locke

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I have a crafsman mower and it only cranks it wont start wat would be wrong

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Check to see if all of the belts are in-tact. A belt may have become stressed and out of proportion from sitting for such a long time.

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There may be a safety switch that has broken. I suspect the one on the seat (deadman switch). When you let off the clutch, the deadman switch under the seat may be stuck in the position that tell the mower no one is sitting in the seat and it kills the engine.

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