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I have a MTD Lawn Tractor and it has the 18HP Motor. It runs fine and has plenty of power. However, when I engage the mower deck the engine bogs down and then dies. Do you have any suggestions?

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May be time for a tune up; Change spark plug; Air filter; oil, fuel filter. It may be starving for air or fuel.

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