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Hi all...

I have a friend who has a 318 that has both of us stumped! After mowing for a while, he stops to take a break. After returning to the tractor, he cannot get the PTO to activate the mower deck. I've checked the switch; seems fine. I'm wondering if the electric clutch may have a short that appears when heated up, and clears up once it cools down a bit.
Anyone else ever experienced this? I've checked connections as well and all seem fine...

Thanks!


Tom
 

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Tom,

I doubt that your air gap physically changes very much when warm, but difficulty in engaging the clutch at normal operating temperature <u>is</u> an indicator of too large a gap. As David said the spec is 0.018 inches (as shown in this excerpt from a manual)


You should also measure the resistance of the coil, which is nominally in the range of 3.5 to 4.9 ohms give or take... A much lower value indicates internal shorting of the winding, and that too can cause the clutch to not pull in at elevated temperatures.

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Charles (Stycks),

The picture above gives the very simple procedure to adjust the clutch in the text included. You can do this...the nuts with the springs under them are that are turned to change the gap. Be sure to get all three measurements set to the same clearance and check them all after you make the last adjustment on any nut.

Chuck
 
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