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8N clutch is stuck

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Patrick Slavinski

04-09-2012 11:38:54

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Hi Guys. I posted this a while ago but was able to get the clutch free by starting it up and getting the tractor in gear and driving it for a few minutes and it was fixed. I would guess from the extra moisture from Hurricane Irene last summer it is really corroded and stuck good. Anything I should try (with the tractor still together). Thanks Patrick

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04-10-2012 06:09:03

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to Patrick Slavinski, 04-09-2012 11:38:54  
like the pic shows, block the clutch every time you shut it down for the day.

If it was rust, a little slipping, then some hard work will clean it up.

If it was oil......well, eventually it will need a split.

for now, you can drill a very small hole for a brake cleaner nozzle hose

to spray directly on the clutch disk.

block the clutch down and spray a lot in there.

then idle it with the clutch down and spray it some more.

(make sure your cotter pin drain hole is clear so the

muck can run out.)

Put a dab of red RTV in the hole and only you will know it's there

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04-09-2012 16:26:19

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to Patrick Slavinski, 04-09-2012 11:38:54  

Figure out where the clutch disc is located in relationship to the spot on the clutch housing just under where the starter drive gear is located. Use a hole saw to cut out a 1-1/2 hole in line with the clutch disc. Block the clutch pedal down. Turn the engine by hand till the opening in the pressure plate is in line with the hole in the clutch housing. Sharpen a screwdriver and drive it between the clutch disc and the pressure plate and the disc and the fly wheel. Turn the engine over to the next opening in the pressure plate where the disc in in view and use the screwdriver to go between the disc and pressure plate and flywheel. Do this in all three places in the openings of the pressure plate.

The clutch should be free now.


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04-09-2012 15:41:29

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to Patrick Slavinski, 04-09-2012 11:38:54  
If it comes down to it and you have to pull the tractor and bell housing apart, try this and save a lot of time and its a one man job. Loose hood, radius rod, tie rod, etc. anything that will prevent you from move the engine and bellhousing about 2 ins. apart. Remove the bell housing bolts at 3:00 and 9:00. They are about 2 1/2 in. long. Install two 5 or 6 in. bolts to replace them. Not thight only firm. Remove the other bell housing bolts. This will allow you to pry the engine away an inch or so and will keep the clutch and shaft aligned. Shine a light in and place a flat metal between the shaft and clutch. Tighten the two bolts and pull the engine back into place. This will force the clutch to release. Takes 1 - 2 hours.

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04-09-2012 15:09:36

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to Patrick Slavinski, 04-09-2012 11:38:54  

When not in use, block it down.

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Patrick Slavinski

04-10-2012 04:45:26

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to HCooke, 04-09-2012 15:09:36  
I have the clutch clamped down to the floor board. Has been clamped for a while. I also have been running the tractor with a 3 pt wood chipper so I can still get some work done!

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04-09-2012 11:42:02

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to Patrick Slavinski, 04-09-2012 11:38:54  
once you got it free, just slip it a lil.

if it tries to stick again, start blocking the clutch.

for the heck of it, make sure the weep hole is open on the bellhousing to make sure leaky trans and crank oil drains.


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Patrick Slavinski

04-10-2012 04:47:42

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 Re: 8N clutch is stuck in reply to soundguy, 04-09-2012 11:42:02  
I have the clutch clamped down to the floorboard! Has been clamped for a while hoping that would do the trick - but it didn't! I believe the hole is open. It appears there is a cotter pin sticking out of it. I tried spraying break cleaner in the timing hole and it leaked out of the bottom - where the cotter pin ends are sticking out!

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