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My craftsman 917.273621 starts and runs. But, turns off when i pull on the Pto. The bets engage then kills the engine. Help me please.

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First thing to check would be the safety switch under the seat. Check to see if it has come partially unplugged. If it appears to be a good solid connection you can check the switch by temporarily unplugging it and using a short jumper wire to jump across the 2 wires in the plug. It it then works properly, replace the switch

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This sounds like a faulty ground condition, the PTO clutch requires a ground provided by the chassis wiring harness to function and a ground for the ignition switch to kill fire to the coils. The other components work as they should because the voltage regulator, fuel shutoff solenoid and starting interlock system have their own grounds. The ignition switch in these mowers is a large round plastic switch not capable of grounding itself, it should have a black wire leading from the terminal marked "G" on the backside of the switch.

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