I have a miserable problem with my clutch and could use some help. In short, my clutch plate doesn't seem to be releasing properly and I can only use the hand-clutch to disengage the clutch (I know I shouldn't do this).
Long story short - a mouse family made a home in the clutch housing area and I can only assume that this buggered up the clutch. When I depress the clutch foot pedal all the way, nothing seems to happen and the tractor stays in gear. I can only release the clutch by using the hand-lever which as best I can tell, utilizes a different mechanism.
I took off the inspection plate under the tractor and cleaned out the mouse nest (and carcases) and have done my best to clean any debris from within the clutch mechanisms. In doing so, I notice a "C" clip of sorts that fell out in the debris (about an inch in diameter and broken in half). On the advice of other forum members, I also sprayed copious amounts of brake-cleaner into the clutch area to try to loosen it up to no avail.
My question is what does this "C" clip do and where did it belong (is it a critical piece) or, what else might be wrong? When I had my wife depress the clutch foot pedal, I can see the springs disengage a plate, but having never seen a working clutch, I don't know if this is proper.
I will gladly offer up any quantity of malted beverages to someone who can resolve the issue successfully ;-))