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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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Snapper 17 hp rear motor riding mower. Engine

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My name is Bill. Snapper 17 hp rear motor riding mower. Engine cranks and runs strong, when releasing brake/clutch, engine starts spitting and sputters. It in one occasion cleared up, started cutting, all worked fine until getting into heavy grass, then it goes back to spuddrring and spitting
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Engine spits and stalls ypon releasing clutch, , depress xlutch wngine returns to running normal
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Briggs engine? Single cylinder? Is the battery voltage staying above 12 volts, when the blades are running? Does the carburetor have an electric solenoid in the base of the carburetor? If this solenoid drops , it will starve engine for fuel. It has to have 12 volts to keep retracted.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
After rereading the question, with engine dieing down when you engage the clutch, loosen the carburetor float bowl and see if it has water or debris in it. Here is carburetor link.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Techumpsie 17 hp
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Same thing applies, carburetor will just be a little different. Is this gravity flow from tank.or does engine have fuel pump?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When I unplug bowl solonoid will there be a nut there to remove bowl
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
The solenoid will be the bowl bolt! It is holding the bowl on.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, so you think the bowl needs ro be cleaned, anything else. I was thinking it had something to do with clutch cable going to solonoid
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
clutch cable to solenoid? Explain.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have a dead battery, always oull start, the magneto should provide the 12 volts necessary for the solonoid to stay open correct
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
NO> magnetor is for spark only. The battery charging coil is under the flywheel! Solenoid could be removed and replaced with bowl bolt!
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Take jumper cables and hook to unit, and see it if still stalls.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
OK> Getting late here, you want to continue tomorrow?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Good night!