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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Electric Clutch on John Deere 317

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Tim in PA

09-13-2004 13:04:21
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The kohler finally died, so I swapped it out for a new Honda v-twin. The new engine runs great, but I"m having trouble with the PTO clutch. It mowed for 10 minutes last night and then the tractor shut off. I waited 30 seconds or so, till I could hear the clutch kicking in & out when flipping the switch. Only then would the engine start. After that, turning on the PTO would kill the engine. Any suggestions? Can the electric clutch short out and kill the engine on a Deere? I checked the seat safety switch with my meter and it appears to function fine.

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Tim in PA

09-15-2004 06:06:47
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
It was the clutch. I pulled the clutch off and it had a spot where the field coil, windings were exposed. Swapped in a new one and it seems to work fine.

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Al m

09-14-2004 04:10:19
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
I would try resetting the air gap on the clutch.
Al



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Tim in PA

09-13-2004 18:05:52
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
I put a volt meter on the battery and when the clutch kicks in and the engine dies, the voltage drops down to around 6 volts. With the clutch off and the engine running its reading 13 to 14 volts at the battery. Could a dead short in the clutch do that? The clutch will engage and run for a short time, 5 to 8 minutes.



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JT

09-14-2004 12:26:07
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 18:05:52  
It sound as though you might want to check the air gap on the clutch, it sounds as though you are drawing excessive amps because the air gap is set too far.



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JT

09-13-2004 15:56:46
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
Does it kill the engine because it looses ignition, or is it because it pulls down and dies?



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Kent of SW MO

09-13-2004 15:26:23
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
Sound like to me that you do not have the alternator of the engine hooked up so it will charge the battery or the alternator on the Honda is not high enough output for the electric clutch. Electric clutchs take alot of power to operate. This causes the battery to run down disabling the ignition of the engine if the engine is a battery ignition engine.

Kent



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lucas

09-13-2004 13:44:13
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 Re: Electric Clutch on John Deere 317 in reply to Tim in PA, 09-13-2004 13:04:21  
some of the new engines need the choke on when engaging the pto..lucas



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