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Attached is a video from YouTube on clutch removal and installation. The video is from Fernbark Frist, in which he videos swapping assemblies from one Poulan saw saw to another.
There are many great chainsaw videos on YouTube, I hope this helps.


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If the springs are broken, the clutch pads won`t retract, preventing the chain from stopping. If the clutch pads are sticking, the clutch drum will stay engaged and continue to turn. If the springs are broken or the clutch pads are sticking, replace the clutch assembly.
Be aware of the effects of gravity on the wood you are cutting. Gravity will cause a log to bend when it`s cut, resulting in compression and tension. Compression can lead to binding of the saw and tension can cause the wood to spring out when released.
Although some hydraulic clutches can be adjusted, many are self-adjusting. Check in your car handbook or service manual. If slip occurs on a self-adjusting clutch, the clutch has to be overhauled. If drag occurs, the hydraulics may be at fault (See Checking and removing a clutch master cylinder ).
Pull up the clutch cable again so you can feel a point where the clutch fork engages. Once you feel it engage, that`s where you should adjust the clutch cable. Make sure you are keeping the pressure on the clutch cable, keeping it in the exact position as you tighten the locknut and adjuster nut.
Although the clutch shoes of a Stihl chainsaw should never be greased, the needle bearing that fits inside the chain sprocket, which is part of the clutch mechanism, may need occasional lubrication.
Press the clutch as far down as you can and take your foot off. It should come back up to its starting position quickly. However, if it gets stuck or comes up slowly, then it`s starting to wear out. You should also feel even resistance in the pedal as you press it down.
Look to see if the clutch linkage is loose or out of adjustment. Check the connections to the clutch fork to make sure that the clutch linkage is tight. Step 2: Check the clutch linkage at the clutch pedal. Make sure that the pin and cotter pin are in place.
There could be a leak on the slave cylinder causing the slave cylinder not to operate. Also, check the pin to the clutch pedal and make sure that it is hooked up to the clutch master cylinder. Check the lines and make sure that they are not cross threaded, which will not seal and cause a leak.
Always cut on the compression side first! The area on the outside of the bend will pull apart when cut. This is the tension side. If you decide to cut this side only, the tree will split apart before the cut can be completed.
If your chainsaw bounces around when making contact with the wood, it means that that chains teeth are not grabbing on and ripping through the wood. A sharp chain will cut in a uniform and straight line.
In conclusion, if you put a new clutch in your car, the clutch pedal needs an adjustment. Even a stock clutch will likely have to be adjusted.
The first thing to inspect is your entire clutch cable. They may be worn out over time, or simply need to be lubricated with special oil or powder. After the cable is lubricated, you also need to re-set the cable and adjust it to your convenience.
Frequent causes why the clutch doesn`t disengage correctly include faults in the release system (clutch release bearing, slave cylinder, clutch lever), a jammed pilot bearing, or non-compliance with important installation requirements.
Partially pressing the clutch is OK if you`re just learning how to drive stick. But if you`re a seasoned driver, then you should always completely press the clutch pedal down when shifting gears or accelerating out of first gear or reverse.
Clutch pedal requires an adjustment

If the clutch pedal feels stiff, it might need to be adjusted, which can be good news as it means it`s not broken. However, over time, the clutch can get out of alignment.

Never Rest Your Foot on the Clutch

So when you are using the clutch never use it as a footrest. The clutch pedal should always either be fully pressed or completely untouched.

Power take-off (PTO) clutches provide a mechanical disconnect between the power created by gas and diesel engines or electric motors to another piece of equipment. The PTO clutches enable the transmission of that energy to auxiliary equipment that does not generate its own power.
Adjust the pressure by turning the valve stem with allen wrench in the hole through the spool. Screw stem up into block for more pressure and thread it down or out of block for less pressure. Do not exceed 300 PSI or you`ll damage to clutch pack.
A PTO slip clutch is a torque limiting device that, when overcome with too much torque, limits the amount of torque being transferred from the tractor to the implement. This is accomplished by, you guessed it, slipping or spinning free which allows the two sides of the PTO shaft to spin at different speeds.
Over-lubrication could contaminate the clutch internally, causing clutch slippage and premature failure. Do not use chassis grease or multipurpose lubricants. 4. Wipe off excess grease and apply to both the yoke finger and sleeve bushing contact points.
How often should I lubricate the sprocket in the tip of my bar? It is recommended that you grease the bearing in the tip of the bar each time you refuel. Make sure to grease the tip at the end of the day as well to help prevent moisture from entering the bearing as the bar cools.
“Riding” the clutch is the most common reason for premature clutch failure. Even the slightest pressure on the pedal will partially disengage the clutch, causing the release bearing, pressure plate and flywheel to overheat.
The average clutch lasts anywhere between 30,000 to 100,000 miles or more. However, most last about 60,000 miles before they need replacement.
When you want to press the clutch pedal, lift your foot and press down by pushing from your knee. Once you`ve changed gears, release the clutch pedal by anchoring your foot on the floor (the same way you would anchor your right foot to toggle between the brakes and the throttle) and flexing your ankle backwards.

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John deere 240 brand new electric clutch. went I throw the swtich it clicks but doesn’t engage….
ANSWER : Adjust the clearance between the plates,9/16 wrench and turn the three nuts on the clutch one at a time about 1/4 turn each,retry the clutch,repeat until it works normally.

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Does a cub cadet model 2544 use a alternator to charge the battery my battery is not holding a charge alredy put in a new battery
ANSWER : Yes it has a low amp charging system charge the battery and disconnect the neg cable install a test light between the cable and the battery if the light is on there is a draw unplug the harness that goes to the charging system if the light then goes out the diode on the charging system is bad

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Need to adjust rubber drive clutch on 30 inch snapper mower
ANSWER : There are small metal beads on the cable near the pedal you move to the other side of the pedal if the friction wheel is warn you will need to replace it only 3 nuts hold it on just flip the mower up on the rear bar and take it off no fancy tools needed

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The tines on a honda f220 always spin and don’t change speed when clutch is engaged but speed up when throttle is increased. Adjusted cable with no luck.
ANSWER : I believe that unit utilizes a centrifical clutch. try decreasing the idle speed and see if the tines stop. They should then engage as throttle is increased.

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How to change out an electric clutch on a cub cadet zero turn RZT50?
ANSWER : Removal is simple if you have access to an impact wrench so you can the center retaining bolt.

When re-installing anti-seize compound needs to used on the crankshaft so the new clutch assembly doesn’t seize on the shaft. To tighten the center bolt you must hold the flywheel in place by blocking it. This center bolt must be torqued to 45-55 ft fts. Also the new pto clutch needs burnishing in. Most new clutches come with instruction on this procedure.

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Weak fire out of coil wire – John Deere Pto Clutch For Stx38 And Stx46 Lawn Mowers
ANSWER : This can be due to a dirty flywheel, an improper gap between the flywheel and coil, or a coil that is failing, first check for rust or dirty build up on the flywheel, then check for proper gap, and if neither of those are the issue, replace the coil

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Cant remove clutch cover – Echo CS400 18" Chain Saw
ANSWER : Is the Chain brake engaged?

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My chain binds on the sprocket and will not turn. have replaced the chain
ANSWER : Remove the bar and chain and examine the sprocket teeth for excess wear or other damage. Make sure the chain ‘pitch’ (the distance between the drive teeth) matches the sprocket pitch. If the sprocket is badly damaged, the entire clutch should be replaced. Hope this helps!

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