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Mower sputtering and getting hot

When I engage my blades on my riding mower it starts sputtering really bad and gets hot and then shuts off

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Clean the carburetor. Be sure to pay special attention to the main jet.

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To help stop the sputtering you will need to tune up your mower. As for it getting hot check the air filter, and the top air draw area to ensure that they are clean. During your tune up be sure to replace the oil, spark plug, and fuel filter. If your air filter is dirty replace it too.

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I mowed half way through, the mower sputtered like it was out of gas. It picked back up but when I engaged the blades the power bogged down, and would only pull at a crawl, what do I need


Stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire(s).
Try moving the blades by hand.
Without being engaged, the blades should have a little resistance because they are still connected to each other. But shouldn't be hard to turn.
This will start you in the direction of finding out what's wrong.
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