mower dies when i release the clutch

chevydog

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I have 13.5 hp craftsman model #917270412 . My son was using the mower and the drive belt broke. I replaced the drive belt, it is on as diagram shows. When the clutch is pushed in ; the belt is loose... when the clutch is let out the belt is tight. The mower will start but dies when I release clutch whether in gear or in neutral. The seat switch is disconnected. If you have any ideas, I would appreciate your input; my grass is growing quickly.
 

silver1

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I have 13.5 hp craftsman model #917270412 . My son was using the mower and the drive belt broke. I replaced the drive belt, it is on as diagram shows. When the clutch is pushed in ; the belt is loose... when the clutch is let out the belt is tight. The mower will start but dies when I release clutch whether in gear or in neutral. The seat switch is disconnected. If you have any ideas, I would appreciate your input; my grass is growing quickly.
Can you push the mower in neutral with the engine off?
You may have the wrong belt. An inch can make a big difference!
 

longear

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if the mower is engaged the seat switch needs plugged in.
 
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