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By 2 found this helpful
May 22, 2017

Please help a mom in distress with seriously overgrown grass! My Husqvarna 48" dies when I put it in gear and let off the brake. It has a new battery and a clean air filter. The neighbor used it at the end of last season and the beginning of this season so while I'm not sure about the fuel I did run a can of Seafoam in it. It starts and runs. It idles and I can disengage choke. As soon as I attempt to put it in gear and remove my foot from the brake it dies! Please good people, for the love of short grass and fewer snakes throw me some solutions!

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Sincerely, Desperate in SEMO

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May 22, 20170 found this helpful

I should note, I've bypassed the seat sensor so that shouldn't be the issue.

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May 23, 20170 found this helpful

The blog I checked said the seat switch could be defective. I don't know if that is the same thing as the seat sensor.

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May 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you! I'll try replacing that and see if it fixes it.

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March 27, 2017

I have a John Deere zero turn lawn mower. I can start my mower, but when I put it in gear it dies. Why? What can I do?

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March 27, 20171 found this helpful

Are you remembering to close the choke when you put it in gear?

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March 28, 20171 found this helpful

From this website: The switch is under the seat. Disconnect the switch and re-connect. It worked for the person who had the same problem as you.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

Did you check the switch located under the seat? Try to disconnect and reconnect.

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August 6, 2017

I own a Craftsman mower. I just put on a drive belt and it worked fine for about 5 mins. Now the motor starts fine, in neutral and engages the blades just fine. When I go to put it in gear the motor dies.

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June 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have a Murray model 405000X8 13.5HP riding mower. It starts fine, but when I put it in gear to go forward or reverse it dies. It also dies when I turn the mower blade on. It sounds like a kill switch problem. Thanks for your help.

By Walt

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

Our John Deere mower does this too. We charge the battery and away we go. Seems like it doesn't have enough umpf to do anything else but start. Try it, won't hurt.

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

Michelle's answer sorted this problem for me. Many thanks

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

When you engage the mower or the gears the engine rpm should go up if that does not happened it could be the governor or the speed advanced module,most likely the module

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

I have a Murray model 46573x92 riding mower. It starts but dies when I put in gear

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Anonymous
October 11, 20160 found this helpful

My mower wae doing the same thing found the safety switch underneath seat was unplug plugged it in now everything a okay

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August 11, 2017

My Craftsman riding mower runs, but when you push the clutch in, the motor dies. What is the cause?

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

I have a Murray riding mower model 405000X8. It starts fine and idles fine. Put it in gear and it dies. It also dies when I engage the blade. It will not go forward or backward without shutting down. Thanks for your help.

By Walt

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

Are you giving it enough power. Safety features require you to be seated with the brake on when you put it in gear or reverse so it doesn't jump. It will not mow in reverse, another safety feature. Perhaps you know all this.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

Another thought, how's the fuel filter?

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

Mine dies when I put it in gear it idles fine my Ride mower

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October 15, 20140 found this helpful

When my Craftsman riding mower has the blade engaged and is put into forward gear at the same time it dies. Does anyone know why?

By Robert

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

The switch is under seat, disconnect and reconnect.

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

TY IT WORKED (Y)

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

The engine on my riding mower will start and run while the clutch is pushed in. Let off on clutch and engine dies. I have cleaned the carb with cleaner and installed new spark plugs.

By Jean

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April 27, 20140 found this helpful

The engine on my riding mower will start and run while the clutch is pushed in. Let off the clutch and engine dies.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

DSL Craftsman 3500 engine starts and runs but when I engage clutch two blade or try to move by letting out clutch mower turns off

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August 19, 2009

I have a 2008 Toro Z5000 riding lawnmower. All of a sudden it won't keep running. It starts no problem with the choke open, but as soon as you pull back on the throttle it stalls out. Any ideas? The air cleaner looks fine, also fuel filter. Gas seemed OK.

By johnvt from Burlington, VT

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

Look for a sticking valve in your carburetor. try spraying it down with carb cleaner. Sounds like youve got a needle sticking open, and it cant compensate with the fuel, flooding itself out.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

you know what that means, your lawnmower flywheel has electromagnets on it and when a safety switch is not engaged in corrolation one magnet is not "on" check your seat, mower, and transmission in neutral, those switches could be the culprit.

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