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Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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Looking over an answer that you provided about 2 years ago regarding a troybilt 50" zero-turn unit. My issue is slightly different in that what I believe happened is that the clutch itself started to short out as the first thing I lost was the PTO switch function. In trying to get the lawn cut finished, I disconnected the connector from the clutch, then wired it directly to the battery with a toggle switch. This allowed me to finish about 90% of my cut (3 acres) before the toggle switch burned out. I then went and picked up a heavy duty toggle switch but that only lasted about 15 minutes before it expired. At this point making a connection to the clutch no longer engages it although as I touch the wires together, I can tell that amperage is being pulled across the connection. The wires also get hot really quick. I think I need to replace the clutch and pto switch.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! Yes, you need to replace the clutch/pto. The clutch should only pull about 5 amps maximum. Yours is shorted out