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Poulan Riding Mower will run in neutral, not in forward or revers

Poulan riding mower will run in neutral, but as soon as you put it into gear it wants to die, when you let out the clutch to engage mower blades it also dies. When you put it into reverse it also dies? What the heck? We call the company but to no AVAIL. Get told not sure....Help!

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You have safty switch on the mower one or more are bad there are three of them
win you put in reverse some mower will cut off this is a safty device on some mower

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