Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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Engine stops I start the engine on a 42" lawn tractor ( craftsman ) .place unit in gear release clutch to go forward or reverse engine stops as well if I engage the lever for the blades engines stops / I took the mower deck off machine freeded up all moveing parts and pulleys same thing happens. Thank you for taking my question Carl

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Hello

Have a look at the saftey switches.theres one under the seat.and one under the blade engage lever.

There may also be one under the hood near the fuel tank.

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