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Stalls when put in gear or engage mower

My 17 hp craftsman starts and idles good but as soon as I put it in gear w/ clutch fully engaged or attempt to engage mower the engine stalls.

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Had same problem is safety switch by the deck causing your problem jump it or replace it

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Your lacking power and probably need to clean your carb or adjust the main idle screw..its on the botton of the float bowl...back it out a half turn...start with a quater..well its running

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