Lawn Tractor Problem


Old 10-05-02, 01:35 PM
dave beauchamp
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Question Craftsman Lawn Tractor Repair

I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor Model 917.270810 with 19.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. The engine starts fine. However, when I attempt to engage the transmission or the blades, the engine stalls. But if I push in the clutch, the engine will continue to run. What can I do, if anything, to repair the mower. The engine will also stall if I attempt to start the blades with the transmission in neutral. Oil level is normal and the oil is new. Gasoline is fine. Please help as the grass is now up to my shins. Thanks.
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Old 10-05-02, 05:42 PM
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Hello and Welcome Dave to our Do-It-Yourself Web Site and our Small Engine forum.

Your question was moved to provide you with the advice of several professional in this forum.

There could be any number of reasons for the problem. If the engine runs well until the clutch is engaged, which is a load place on the engine, most likely there is binding or dragging of some moving part or parts the engine powers.

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Old 10-06-02, 12:43 AM
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Hello Dave!

It sounds to me like you have a bad seat safety switch. Lift the seat and check the connection at the switch under it. Make sure the connections are clean and tight. Let us know if you find this to be your problem or not.
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