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My rider mower starts, runs, PTO will not engage when pulled.

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my rider mower starts, runs, PTO will not engage when pulled. However, if pulled, when I get off seat, the engine stops as if it is engaged. Why?
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Customer: the mower was purchased in 2002, runs well. Just replaced 30amp fuse and ignition switch.
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 months ago.
Electric pto ? Make and model? Check the wires at the pto clutch under the engine, the wires may be unplugged or damaged from rats.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
craftsman gt 3000, electric start, 6 speed, model no.###-##-####
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Are you there Curtis, let me know please if you are still working on my answer. thank you.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 months ago.
Yes, did you check the clutch wires under the engine? Do you have a voltmeter to check the circuit?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Yes I just checked, I do have a voltmeter, somewhere. But, what about the part that when I engage PTO, it doesn't work, but, when I get off of the seat, the engine shuts down, safety mechanism, as if the PTO was working. The day the PTO stopped working I had just done first lap around yard with it working.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 months ago.
That means the pto switch is good, that is why I would check the wires under the engine to the clutch.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
thank you, ***** ***** to go to an event. can we resume in 3 hours?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 months ago.
Yes, I should be here.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I am back, will check wires under engine.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 months ago.
OK< I just back home myself.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
did you find problem? Please rate to close.

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