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When just starting out, the blade clutch works fine, but once it heats up, if I disengage, it won’t engage again.

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It could be your bearings and your spindle pockets, or spindles, have seized up,” says Oshel. If the blades are stuck, pump some grease into the fitting and carefully work the blades back and forth by hand until they move freely.
The pulleys in your lawn tractor are driven by the drive belt, and turn the spindles. If a pulley doesn`t spin freely, it can cause the engine to die when the blades are engaged. To check the pulleys for sticking and damage, first remove the drive belt from the engine pulley and lift the lever to engage the blades.
PTO clutches generally overheat because of improper lubrication/greasing (both too much and too little can cause problems), excessive sideload, or a new installation. Operators are advised to reduce sideload and inspect grease levels first.
Being Overworked

One of the most common reasons that a lawn mower might stall while it is cutting grass is that it is being overworked. This is a mechanism that is intentionally incorporated into the mower to prevent the motor from being blown.

The most common cause of a mower that runs for thirty minutes and then dies is a faulty armature. A faulty gas cap is the second most likely cause.
Most problems that will cause a John Deere lawn mower to stall after 20 minutes occur due to the distribution and rate of flow in the fuel and air systems. If these systems are dirty or restricted, the mower will stall out and be difficult to restart.
An insufficient amount going to the compressor will cause it to lock up and the belt tension adds extra force to the compressor, causing the clutch to overheat.
If you happen to notice your car emitting a burning smell, similar to burning rubber, then this is a sign that your clutch is overheating and your clutch plate is beginning to wear and tear. This is usually caused by riding the clutch and is most common in slow-moving traffic.
If your John Deere won`t crank and all you hear are clicking sounds when you turn the key, you likely have a bad battery or a bad connection somewhere between the battery and the starter. Double check that the alternator and battery connections are clean and tight.

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Mower won’t start
ANSWER : This may sound stupid but don’t mean it to…
Have you tried with the choke all the way open? Do you have an automatic cruise? Is the right (correct) pedal being pushed in? These will affect if it starts or not. Also if your drive belt or one of the other belts not being tight enough will affect if it starts or just turns over. Not too many things can stope it from starting with new/good battery AND if its getting gas. Try cleaning your gas line and obviously making sure there is no obstruction around or near your blade, if it does start with blade engaged that is :))
If it doesn’t start with blade engaged, well make sure it’s in neutral. Mine won’t start in reverse but will in forward or neutral.

Hope it helps.

Anthony

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Serviced my riding lawnmower runs great. but when I put in drive it dies out. Also when I engage blades it dies out. No problems last summer. It won,t stay running when I do these two steps
ANSWER : Probably the seat safety switch. If it’s not activated (from your weight on the seat) the engine is killed when you put it in gear, or engage the blades. Lift up the seat and check the switch – wires on tight? switch tightly mounted? You can take the switch out and tape it in the pushed-in position to test things. If that doesn’t let the mower run, the switch itself is probably bad, but it could also be a connector that knocked loose when you serviced the mower. Check wires and connectors. Good luck!

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When I hold the bar down that engages the blade it will not cut?
ANSWER : Is the blade sharp?

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I have a Craftsman FS5500 48″ lawn mower. The PTO makes a noise (squeak) for a second when I pull up on the red blade engage knob. The blades do not engage. PTO does not turn. When I push the red button down to disengage there is a brief squeak from the PTO.

It worked well the past month then a little problem 2 weeks ago. It seemed to disengage after mowing a while. Then after sitting for 15 minutes the blades would engage. I used it earlier this week and the PTO won’t turn at all.

Just purchased from the last and original owner a month ago. He said the oil would need to be changed this summer. Could that be part of the problem? Engine runs great!

Also, I need an owners manual, not able to find from the previous owner.

Thanks

ANSWER : Hi,The problem is probably in the button that you pull and push to engaged and disengage the PTO… If you wiggle the button or try to pull it slowly, you may find a spot where it will work. But the button has gone bad and will need to be replaced.If you are comfortable with wiring, you could jumper the wires and getting it working, but it would be a very temporary and possibly dangerous fix…

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I replaced an electric PTO Clutch, easy swap. Now the blades won’t engage or it won’t start at the switch. I can start it at the solenoid. Can anyone help? Thanks
ANSWER : Have you checked your ground wire? it’s simple switch power one side ground the other ck both side, also you might hv a bad switch if the wires ck out good luck

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The mower deck clutch cable broke so blades will not engage and lever is loose on my Sears Craftsman 42-inch lawn tractor (917-271-742). I fished out the top piece of the cable, about 12 inches down to a rusty point where it broke. If I get the clutch kit (175067), which includes the cable, spring, etc., can I replace it from the top, or do I need a lift to get to the mover deck from the bottom? I do not have a lift or ramp that would work. What would I need to remove to get to the location where the cable/spring assembly hooks up to engage the blades?
ANSWER : I just got the kit 175067. Have the old one off except for where it’s attached to the lever, schedule and weather has kept me from going further. Very simple to reconnect things at the pulley and above but not too sure how to connect the rest onto the lever and haven’t had a chance to get a good look at how the old one might be connected yet. Should be a simple fix.

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Blades wont engage have 12 volts to the clutch when switch is pulled.
ANSWER : The clutch is electro magnetic, once 12 volts is sent throught the windings the clutch engages, so if it does not engage there is more than likley a brake in the internal windings which unfortunatley will mean a new clutch.

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When I engage the clutch, the engine dies. The baldes turn freely, so it looks like and electrical problem. Is there a safety device that would kill the engine when the clutch is engaged?
ANSWER : All modern riding mowers now days have several safety switches and or relays/micro switches. Some are simple blade switches that make or break contact depending on the position of a lever. There is a contactor under the seat that will kill the engine if you fall off(you have to sit on it for it for the engine to keep running). There is one that kills the engine if you put the mower in reverse with the blades engaged. And there is a contactor that senses wether the mower blades are in fact engaged or not. It may be awkward but you can look at all the mechanisms and find where the different contactors are and move the levers back and forth to see if they aren’t dirty, bent, or a securement screw is loose or missing. It is also possible that one of the wires are broken or have come off of its connection point. Once you inspect them you should be able to determine the next course of action. These are not hard to fix although they can be difficult to get to. If it has a micro-switch at one of these locations you may need to test it with a continuity meter to determine if it is good or not.

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