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Turf Tiger clutch removal

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Rookie, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Rookie

    Rookie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Been a while. Need advice on removing the clutch on my Turf Tiger. It's frozen on the shaft and prying and liquid wrench haven't worked. My dealer says to use heat, but he's known to give bad advice. I need a second opinion. The clutch is fine, but it has to come off to get to the engine which is not so fine. Will the heat damage the clutch? Thanks for the help.
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Fanatic
    from Georgia
    Messages: 5,814

    You took the nut off right? (Don't know not there) Put wedges in between the clutch and housing, undo engine bolts first, whack shaft with a BFH dont damage shaft, but wedge it tight, real tight, and whack!!!
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  3. AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Get rid of the liquid wrench and use PB Blaster. It may require multiple applications, and and letting it sit overnight, or even a couple days, may free the clutch. Tapping on the shaft, or operating the engine, can help the PB Blaster to penetrate due to the vibrations.

    But while PB Blaster can be pretty amazing, it does not always prevail. It is possible the cost of your engine repair has gone up by the cost of a new clutch.
  4. JagT20N

    JagT20N LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from will county Il
    Messages: 790

    you can also try freeze in a can ( computer air duster upside down will wok also do not get it on your hands as a liquid as its -131 degrees ) and spray only the shaft not the hub and it will shrink the shaft a little and might break any mechanical sticking and not damage the wiring of the clutch .
  5. prezek

    prezek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 805

    I second the pb blaster and letting it sit overnight.
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  6. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 2,761

    All good advise.... vibration and PB Blaster I think is the key. I use my Beast, a SnapOn air hammer with a socket adapter.

    The socket I use is a 12 point that is just alittle bigger then the shaft. The idea is to get the clutch to move, even if it's just a few MM up, combined with the Blaster. Put the socket up to the bottom of the clutch and give it a burp, come back later and do it again, and repeat many times over 3 or 4 hours. You can do that with a BFH and a socket too.....

    But the tool that can make this job really easier are my Gearwrench indexing pry bars. I can angle the head to get in behind the clutch with plenty of room to use the handles and pry. 99 out of 100 trys they work...........

    ....but there was one time when I have had to use my biggest 3 jaw puller and destroy the clutch.....:eek:

    Anyway, don't forget to put some anti seize on the shaft when you put the clutch back on, just incase there is a next time.Thumbs Up
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  7. OP

    Rookie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    It’s off. Took a combination of all the advice I received in this thread. A side note... I was using CRC penetrating oil. I’m not familiar with pb blaster. I’m sure it’s good and I plan to buy some, but no complaint with the CRC. When the clutch came off I noticed that the shaft was completely soaked, all the way around and from front to rear. Thanks to all who responded. This forum is a great resource.
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