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Clutch wont engage on 80's model craftsman belt driven mower. When the pedal is depressed the mower will stop but I can smell the belt burning and the gears grind when changing them. I looked under the mower and don't see any type of clutch mechanism at all. Am I missing something?

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SOUNDS LIKE YOUR TRANS IS WORE OUT IT MAY BE A BAD PULLEY

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