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clutch frozen wont disengage

Michael Dipierro I have a 1971 mf 50 this same thing happen to me last year. For some reason the engine runs great but wont go into gear it grinds, last year a mechanic repaired it and sprayed clutch and used a spackle knife and a hammer,he said when machine sets over winter i should keep clutch peddle pushed in with a 2 x 4 anyone ever experiance this
GEEBEE This is not uncommon, often caused by oil contamination, clutch plate sticking to flywheel, always a good idea to keep clutch depressed when setting for long periods
Dave91 I believe my 135 manual suggest putting a wedge between foot peg and pedal to keep pedal disengauged when stored. It is a good idea as it stops the plates seizing together if its not used regularly in damp conditions but the cons are the clutch springs will be under constant pressure which shoudn't harm them but may make them weak and won't do them generally any good.
Stew Edwards Agree that this is quite common. As regards freeing it off if it has only been a winter store, just needs a good jolt!
Going to do it on a T20 tomorrow that has stood for 5 years.
We get a tow chain and hitch it to another tractor.
With the tractor in 1st or 2nd, clutch depressed, ask your colleague to snatch the chain and the clutch plate will release itself.
Hope that helps
Stew



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