Craftsman Riding Mower 917.270671 Clutch problems
Hi! About a month ago, I took on the 1st engine rebuild/tractor overhaul project I've ever done. I have a Craftsman 917.270671 Riding Mower. When I put it in the garage, it barely had enough power to drive in. I started by doing a simple tune-up, then got further involved. Long story short, I rebuilt the Briggs and Stratton engine (311707-0132-e1) took out the Peerless Transaxle and changed the oil, put in a new drive belt, then sanded and painted a bit. Now, it fires up right away! Carburetor still needs adjusting, but it runs! WOO-HOO!
Here is the problem! I let out the clutch and it dies! When the clutch gets about 1/2 way down, it starts to sputter, push the clutch back in, and sounds great! I read in various places that it is the seat safety switch. Had a friend hold the button down, no difference! Tested the switch with a Multimeter and tested fine! I know there is another safety switch for the mower, but heard that if that switch is out, the tractor will not start!
I'M AT MY WITS END! ANY SUGGESTIONS?? PLEASE!