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

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My sears craftsman riding mower will crank just fine, but as soon as I try to either put it in gear and release the clutch to go forward or backward, it shuts off. It also shuts off when I attempt to engage the mower blade, as soon as I release the clutch. I checked to make sure their were no obstructions to either the belt or blade and can find nothing visibly wrong. The engine sounds good and strong until I take my foot off the clutch and then it sputters and dies!

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Many folks have found that a defective relay in this mower to be the cause of the "stall when i take my foot off the clutch" issue. The relay is connected to the safety switches which turn the mower off when no one is in the seat, etc.

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