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Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems

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10-14-2006 15:44:04

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Bought a 65 that had sit a while.Two stage clutch will not work. Clutch works OK for the tranny but will not stop the PTO at all. Any ideas where I should go?? Thanks

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DavidP, South Wales

10-15-2006 04:29:59

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems in reply to link7474, 10-14-2006 15:44:04  
Short of any faults inside the clutch, the problem is likely to be nothing more than adjustment. As has been said, remove the cover under the clutch housing. Give it a good wipe it will probably be quite greasey. Turn the flywheel by hand and you will see 3 equally spaced adjusting bolts with locknuts around the outside. This is the adjustment that determines the dis-engagement point in the travel of the clutch pedal. You will need 2 good 1/2" AF spanners and a bit of patience. Without going into sizes the approximate thickness of gauge you need is two hand hacksaw blades back to back with the teeth ground off or something similar. The thickness is less important that having them adjusted the same. Slacken the lock nut until you can just turn (unscrew) the bolt. Adjust and lock for the three.
At the front of the clutch rod is the short operating arm. Ensure that the clevis is located in the forward hole. Free travel on the pedal should give a clearance of approx 3/8" at the point where it makes contact with the casing. If not, adjust with the lock bolt at the bottom.
If everything is OK you should now have a PTO that will stop with at least 1 to 1 1/2 " of travel still on the pedal. Check also the amount of play in the pedal pivot bushing. You can loose a lot of movement here. For the sake of comfort you may need to lengthen the rod slightly to lower the pedal but make sure you have the pedal travel as above.


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10-15-2006 05:40:54

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 10-15-2006 04:29:59  
Thanks David! Great post! Any ideas on the steering?

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DavidP, South Wales

10-17-2006 15:33:53

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems in reply to link7474, 10-15-2006 05:40:54  
As far as the steering is concerned I would have to defer to Big Dean on that. In all probability you will have a different steering system on a US 65 than we do in the UK> I know nothing about the US ones. As a general comment, look for any signs of wear or damage, loss of movement when you turn the wheel. If nothing is visible then you really do have to check the system pressure. The result will tell you where you need to go to next.

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12-05-2006 18:40:04

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 10-17-2006 15:33:53  
Hi.neat Forum.I'm attempting to adjust the clutch on a nieghbours MF65.She does not need the PTO to work.The clutch arm has two holes...which one should the clevis be in? I adjusted it per manual with the 1" block of wood and set up pedal free play.First time you depress the pedal everything feels fine.Second time there is tons of free play and PTO shaft will not stop spinning.Clutch is 10 years old....maybe something is hanging up ?? Clutch pedal bushing is also it replaceable?
Anyways I adjusted her clutch on Sunday and she says its now worse than before...pedal is pretty much all the way up before clutch engages.I also broke the pipe leading into the muffler and dumped about 2 gallons of oil on her garage floor so if y'all could help me with her clutch I might be able save face lol.First time working on a tractor...worked on lots of old Mopars thought i knew what I was doing lol.

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Bob N.Y.

10-14-2006 16:05:11

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 two stage clutch problems in reply to link7474, 10-14-2006 15:44:04  
Start by removing the cover on the bottom of the bell housing. Look up in there while turning the engine over by hand. Of course, make sure the transmission is in neutral and the engine can't start. I have had a problem with the clutch finger pins working themselves out.

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