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I have a 18 hp craftsman lawn and garden tractor that is 15…

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I have a 18...

I have a 18 hp craftsman lawn and garden tractor that is 15 years old. When I start the engine with the clutch engaged the engine will stll once I release the clutch.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?

Yes, the first I use the mower I use fresh gas and run the fuel out in the fall. The mower was running fine until I shut it off to clean the deck, but did not start after.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

If I can

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

That seems to best describe the problem

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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 2 months ago
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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 2 months ago

Make and model? Check the seat switch and the brake interlock switch, Either can kill the engine if the run circuit is not complete.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks I will be able to look at it tomorrow after work
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 2 months ago

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