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Engine overheats and stops

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We have a 2004 Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in riding lawn mower. After my husband performed 'normal' maintenance last season (changed the spark plug, changed the oil, new air filter, new fuel filter, fresh gas) the engine started overheating and will stop running, especially if the blade is disengaged. This has only gotten worse this year. Any ideas on what he might have done wrong, or where to look for the problem?

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Pam Pagnotta

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Hello,There is a idler pivot plate on the mower that must be cleaned and lubricated regularly, from the left side of the mower deck if you look in the middle of the mower deck while someone engages the mower(with the engine off) you will see the pulley try and move,there is a 3/8 bolt that comes up through a bushing that this pivots on, soak that area with wd-40 and see if that improves the movement. Be sure not to get any wd-40 on the belt or pulleys. Always try and keep that area clean and lubed.
take care.

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