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I have an Ariens lawn mower. The mower deck starts running when it isn't even engaged! We just put a new belt on. I don't even know where to start.

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If your engine is running properly then battery has effect on the PTO.

It is more likely that your engine is running on one cylinder and that the extra load of deck is just too much for it.

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Something is jammed under the deck. If the engine runs good until you engage PTO, the problem is in the deck. With engine off, disconnect belt for deck from PTO, then remove deck and flip it over. With belt off try to spin blade. They should spin freely. If not, you have a bad bearing which are fairly simple to replace, just a few bolts. FYI, draw a diagram or take a picture of belt routing before removal, this will be good to refer to for installation of belt when your done. Hope this helps.

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Check out the switches and adjust as may be necessary. You may find out where it is by removing the belt and even removing the deck to see if the engine will start. With the deck removed (yea i know it is a lot of work) you will have better access to the area most likely to have the switches. (There is a switch in the seat also ... you must be on the tracor to start unless the parking brake is set (on most mocels)). You coud consult your operators manual for further details on this matter.

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