Ok I ahve this 88' 185 hydro with a 46" deck. Got it running very well.
I removed the deck and gave it a good cleaning, just scraped out, no power washer.
I got it back together with new blades, fired it back up and turned on the deck and it bogged down temporarily and recovered quickly,(Like normal)
Now that I want to actually mow...it started fine...runs fine ...BUT when I engage the mower it Kills the engine. It does not matter even if the I have the throttle wide open.
So Is it a bad PTO clutch?? what are the symtoms of one going bad?? The deck turned pretty free when I put on the new blades, so I kinda doubt the spindle bearings. maybe
I presume that the PTO clutch would cut out during mowing if was going bad....it gave no hints during the brief time it was on traveling back to the shed...be it although brief trip.
The other suspect might be the fuel pump?...but considering that it starts easy and throttle up quickly with no hesitation, it to, isn't high on my list of suspects.
any insights would be appreciated