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PostSubject: Clutch issues   Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:06 am

My 1010's been sitting outside as it has been for the past ten years or so. Haven't used it in a while and when I went to move it, the clutch won't disengage so I can't put it in gear. Somehow water got into the housing and there's no drain and things seem to froze up. Any thoughts on how the water got in there? It's always been stored outside and this has never happened before. It's a bummer because I finally have a barn and was moving it indoors for the first time. What the best way to get the water out? there's no drain or weep hole. Is there any way to free things up without having to split the tractor and take everything apart? Thanks.
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PostSubject: Update to stuck clutch   Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:09 pm

Didn't get any feedback on this one but thought I'd share the outcome of some homework and my attempt at breaking things free. After doing some staring at the service manual cutaway of the clutch I came to the conclusion that the clutch disk was rusted to the flywheel. There's a lot of surface area there to break free via shear force but decided to give it a try. Hooked her up to my 4320 with a couple of 6ft slings. The plans was to pull the 1010 and push in the clutch pedal and hit the brakes hard to try to break the rusted surfaces. No luck. The tires would just drag on the ground. Next I headed for the pavement. Went about 200 yards in one direction and tried regularly to trounce on the brakes with the clutch pedal depressed. Didn't work. Locked up tires would just skid on the pavement. Headed back the other way continuing to hit the brakes with the clutch pedal in and just before we got to the driveway, IT BROKE FREE! Turned on the key, let out the clutch, started her up and everything was working fine. Backed into the barn using that good ole clutch! So pleased that I got it free without having to split the frame. No more outdoor storage now that I have a barn!

One last piece of info to share. That weep hole that I was hoping for in the bottom of the frame below the flywheel does exist. It had been painted over. Cleaned it out; small amount of water came out. I then opened up the throwout bearing grease access port on one side, the timing port on the other, and set up a heat gun blowing warm air into the housing. Left that in place for a couple of hours and when checked with a flashlight, everything inside was dry again. I had also clamped the clutch pedal in the depressed position while drying things out.

Hope some of this is useful to someone in the future.

 
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PostSubject: Re: Clutch issues   Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:22 am

Sorry for not replaying sooner, been battling some health issues over the last 6 months, Glad you got your problem worked out. Smile 

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