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Riding mower clutch & brake issues

Craftsman riding mower 917.273090. Need help troubleshooting a clutch sticking and brake not engaging problem. Sometimes when I push the clutch/brake pedal down to shift gears the pedal stays down when I release it. I can put my foot under it and pop it up but that throws the mower into gear abrubtly. What causes this & how do I fix it?

Another issue is that sometimes when I try to engage the parking brake it appears to be engaged but the mower will still coast. These two issues may or may not be connected.

Craftsman , Lawn Mowers
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It is important for all of your equipment to work properly, especially when you need to use the machine. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I have found two links that will provide some help. It sounds like the brake return spring is the issue, but you will need to check it to know for sure. The second link will show you where it is and how to change it. I hope these links will help.
by Manage My Life
July 25th, 2011
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