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Why does mower die when brake released or mower engaged?

Have mowed once this year already with no problems, replaced battery and mower starts fine but dies when brake is released or mower deck engaged. have check for mice and all belts seem fine.

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So I got it to stay started now it won't engage its a zero turn it won't move

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There is a safety switch under seat. Its may have came unpugged or switch is bad. you can unplug it and install a jumper wire in the swich's place and see if it still dies when brake is released. try this & let me know what happens thanks,wade

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    lisa clark Jun 11, 2014

    thank you Wade, the problem turned out to be fuel/air mix. i replaced the air filter and adjusted the carb and it is running good. I now have a bigger problem, the crankcase is cracked, I am going to try jb weld and if that doesn't work i will either try to have fixed if not too expensive or simply replace it

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    Wade Mobley Jun 12, 2014

    Jb weld should work make sure it's clean and dry. You may have to drain oil before applying it to make sure it hardens without any oil in it. Just a helpfully top you might already know.

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    lisa clark Jun 16, 2014

    just a follow up, the jb weld has done the job. I can only hope it holds. But for now it is not leaking oil :)

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Ck your occupant (seat) switch it might have gotten dislodged or unhooked when fueling it

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    lisa clark Jun 11, 2014

    it turned out to be air/fuel mix. running ok now but cracked crankcase i will try to fix with jb weld and will go from there

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SOURCE: engine dies off once brake/clutch is released

Your answer was perfect, when I located the saftey switch it was not working properly.

Thanks a million, Ron

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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SOURCE: I have 16 hp Craftsman riding mower with a Kohler engine.

It may think you are in reverse and is killing the motor to keep you from backing up with the blade running. Look for switch that is telling it when you are in reverse, maybe it is stuck with grass or other debris. another possibility is that the blades are jammed and they are stalliing the motor. Mines stalls easily when cold.

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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: LTX1000 42" 18HP Kohler - Blowing fuse after 2-4 min mowing.

i hav a 18hp ohv eng. back fires and gas is coming out of muffler.

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SOURCE: STARTS GOOD BUT ENGINE DIES WHEN CLUTCH RELEASED

cut the wires running to the switch...try again...if same, stripp back wires, and twist together...wrap in tape or use some sort of connector...it's electric and should be treated as such...try again...still ?? Start finding those switches and repeat the process til it works...theres usually 3 or 4...

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