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Turn off mower blades the electric clutch spins and the two green

Turn off the mower blades the electric clutch spins and the two green wires wraps around the electric clutch pulley? It started when the belt shredded into pieces as i was cutting tall grass and it snapped off both green wires from the electric clucth. SO I got a new belt from sears and same gauge wires from auto store. I turn on the mower blades and it spins normal (everything perfect until) but when I turn off the blades the elctric clutch spins and sucks up the long green wires??? i tried everything whats wrong when you turn off the mower blades and the clutch spins also sucking up the wires??? i tried also turning off the lawn tractor with key while mower blades is engaged and it stiill sucks up the two wires as it wraps around the elctric clutch pulley???
I thought I was ready to mow until this crazy problem!
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There should be a metal "anchor" that bolts to the chassis or engine. It has a rod that sticks downward, fitting into a notch in the clutch to keep it from turning. It must be missing or broken, or maybe the clutch is the wrong model, and that's why the clutch itself spins and rips out the wires. Good luck! Please rate if you found this helpful, thanks!

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I have a dys 4500 24 HP 42 inch model 917287251 when I ingage the blades they make a loud clanking sound. Also the right blade (when you are setting on mower) continues to freely spin when you stop the blades. That blade and the pulley above on deck seems very loose.

Thank you Randy Harpole

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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