Craftman LTX1000: Is clutch needed to start engine?


Old 06-07-12, 06:54 PM
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Craftman LTX1000: Is clutch needed to start engine?

I have a dead clutch on my craftman LTX1000 lawn tractor. I was under the understanding that the clutch is only needed to engage the blades. Now that the clutch is removed, the tractor will not start. It turns but will not start. I bought a new lawn tractor to cut the grass but I would like to keep the LTX1000 for other work. My question is:
Is the clutch needed to start the engine?
If the clutch is not needed, what do I have to do to start the engine?
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Old 06-07-12, 08:18 PM
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You may have removed a safety component switch or circuit that's killing your spark because it thinks the clutch is engaged. Some mowers use relays for this. You need a wiring diagram to help solve this. You need to make it think clutch is off to get spark.
Old 06-08-12, 09:58 AM
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the PTO clutch doesn't have to be on the mower for it to work, but the switch and other wiring needs to be intact.

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