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Engine cuts out when engaging clutch or engaging blades..

Still need a fix it for craftsman 42" 15 hp kohler engine mower..starts fine .when releasing clutch OR engaging blades the engine cuts out..belts are on,bldes turn by hand. len

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Lift the seat and make sure the connector is firmly plugged into the seat switch

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