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Engine dies when clutch is released engine dies. jumped clutch switch and now when blades are engaged the engine dies. maybe a bad clutch switch? thanks, mike

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I would think more than likly your seat switch is bad. Try disconnecting the switch, do not jump, and see if it works ok. If not, then jump the switch.
Depending how old the tractor is, the switch can work either way.
Good luck, let me know.
Regards,

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