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 02-23-2001, 18:18 Post: 24623
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 Clutch Adjustment

I have a Cub Cadet, 7234 that I bought new 3+ years ago from a dealer in New Hampshire. It has about 85 hours on it and I use it for snow plowing, (does an excellent job) and general play, tree moving etc. around my home. Before the tractor was out of warranty I noticed the clutch did not meet the Owners manual adjustment for Free Play of .8 - 1.2 Inches. It was closer to 2" and is now at about 2 5/16 inches. It doesn't slip that I can tell and hasn't. I took it to the dealer before the warranty ran out and he tried it out and said it was normal. They called the area rep for Cub and he also said it was ok. The only adjustment left makes it real sloppy and doesn't correct the free play. The Max Pedal Movement is fine. Does anyone know if this is normal? I have often wondered if it was assembled correctly when new. It is a great tractor but this has me worried that I'll replace the clutch at only a few hundred hours, or less. One other thing with the clutch is when I depress the clutch all the way where it is normally finished moving, I can still push and the pedal doesn't go any further down but it seem like the rods are flexing/bending a little. One last question, How long should the clutch last on one of these? Thanks for you help.






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 02-24-2001, 07:19 Post: 24641
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 Clutch Adjustment

Clutch pedal free-play is supposed to ensure that the clutch is fully engaged when the pedal is out--even when a bump is hit. Free-play also ensures that the throw-out bearing is pulled off the clutch disk so it doesn't continue to rotate. However, if there is too much free-play, a clutch may not fully disengage when the pedal is in. Gears may be hard to shift and the tractor may creep when stopped. If it's a two-stage clutch, the PTO may not stop. The adjustment specs for many tractors are fairly liberal, and a clutch may meet the above requirements over a fair range of pedal adjustment. If none of the above seems to be happening, then the clutch adjustment may be OK irrespective of the measurement. However, reading the manual and talking to a dealer is always good. In general, too little free-play is more apt to damage something than too much. With too much play, you'll notice that the PTO doesn't stop or the tractor shifts hard, which are signs to fix something. There is a chance of some disk wear if there is some clutch drag too small to notice. However, that would be a problem mostly if the tractor is stopped in gear, with the clutch in, for extended periods. It's usually better to put the TX in neutral during a lengthy stop.






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