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Engine dies When I let the clutch out, the engine dies (blade is disengaged)

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Safety switch.

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This is too late, but for the next person: There is an extension spring around the cable attached to the blade engage/disengage lever.

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Check for bad bearing in clutch immediately, Remove belt, try and turn the clutch pulley if it is hard to turn or feels rough, replace the bearing in the clutch. If you do not replace bearing immediately you will be buying a $300.00 clutch very soon. I know from experience. You possibly have been hearing a loud unusual roar from engine area for awhile and wondered where it was coming from. As these bearing will usually squall a cry for awhile before they die.

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