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What causes my 13.5 hp craftsman model #917270412 engine to die when i release the clutch

I have 13.5 hp craftsman model #917270412 . My son was using the mower and the drive belt broke. I replaced the drive belt, it is on as diagram shows. When the clutch is pushed in ; the belt is loose... when the clutch is let out the belt is tight. The mower will start but dies when I release clutch whether in gear or in neutral. The seat switch is disconnected. If you have any ideas, I would appreciate your input; my grass is growing quickly.

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  • john grant May 07, 2014

    My mother was using the mower for the last year, i know that at some pont she bent a blade, i replaced the blade and she continued using. when i i replaced the drive belt, the deck was off, still is and it is dying when i let off the clutch

  • john grant May 07, 2014

    By the way thank you for responding!!

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My question would be what caused the belt to break. Have you checked under the mower deck to make sure the blades turn freely? Could be that something is jamming them and causing the motor to die. Or even a blade that hit something hard might be bent against the top of mower deck.

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