Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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Shifting is via cables is it not?Have you checked the cables, by removing cables at the shift lever to check what is getting hard to move? As for the engine dying, this engine kills with key, so it has an electric fuel solenoid. If it has the one , to the left of the injection pump, it may be shutting off due to a safety switch. Quick test is to remove the two mounting bolts for the solenoid and see if engine still dies. If engine continues and does not die, it is being killed by a safety switch,
I see question is still open, did you see my response?
I see question is still open. Did you find cables to be problem?