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I had my 212 torn apart this weekend replacing belts, fixing the rear end and other misc maintenance issues. I had the mower deck and the PTO clutch off and when I put it all back together and tried to engage the PTO, something is putting so much stress on the motor that it bogs down and dies. The blades on the deck will spin for about 20 seconds so I dont think the belt is bound up somewhere but I suppose I could be wrong, and the PTO clutch only goes back on one way and it seems to operate the way its suppose to when I work it with my hand. Am I overlooking something? I can't figure out where the bind is happening. The deck worked just fine before I removed it, so I'm confident it's nothing on the deck itself. It seems so simple, but I'm obviously overlooking something. Any help or pointers?

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Is the pto brake properly adjusted?
 

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Is the pto brake properly adjusted?
Is that the little u-shaped bracket under the clutch that I had to loosed when I took the pulley off? I didn't realize that was an adjustable piece...I just tightened it back into place. Should I try loosening it a bit to see if it helps?
 

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Is that the little u-shaped bracket under the clutch that I had to loosed when I took the pulley off? I didn't realize that was an adjustable piece...I just tightened it back into place. Should I try loosening it a bit to see if it helps?
Yes. I think the gap is .020, but consult a service manual to be sure.
 
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Yes. I think the gap is .020, but consult a service manual to be sure.
... and set the gap with the manual PTO lever engaged. (My manual says the gap should be no more than 1/32".)
 
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