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Blades won't enGage motor dies

Limit switch for brake clutch failing

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First unplug the plug wires, take key out of switch, then check to make sure that the blades will move by hand. there could be a dirt mound or rock jammed in there

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SOURCE: Tractor Will Not Move And Dies When Brake Is Released

I would check the wires and clean the connectors and make sure seat switch is working. If that is not working, it's like getting off the seat without holding the brake/clutch pedal down or getting off seat with blades engaged. Both will cause engine to die.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Sears 26 hp garden tractor that stalls

does it run off of a pto system or is it a lver type if its a lever type there is a switch under the lever also you might have something caught in the deck causeing it not to engage blades if i can further help e-mail me wade at wadembly@aol.com

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: blades don't engage

Check the drive belt for the blades

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman GT5000: Dies when switch is pulled to engage blades

I have the same tractor. If you have the transmission in <reverse> this will happen every time. It's a safety feature. Be sure the tractor is in <neutral> or one of the 6 forward gears.

Jim Romines

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SOURCE: riding mower dies when releasing brake

the seat switch is the problem. the switch itself could be bad, but usually theproblem is that the connector is just not plugged in all the way [by the way, trying to bypass the switch by inserting the wire doesn't work because there is a "switch" inside the connector to prevent you from doing just what you did]

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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I would check the wires and clean the connectors and make sure seat switch is working. If that is not working, it's like getting off the seat without holding the brake/clutch pedal down or getting off seat with blades engaged. Both will cause engine to die.

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