How to Install a New Lawn Mower Clutch

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Learn how to install a new lawn mower clutch in this free lawn mower repair video. View Video Transcript

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Dave Parke

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Ok, now that you've got the starter clutch off and you're going to put a new starts clutch on, very, very important that you clean the shaft of the that you're going to put the starter clutch back onto. If you don't, you're going to have exactly the same problem because although there is some dirt inside the starter clutch, there is also dirt on the crankshaft that goes inside the starter clutch and has to ride freely when the engine starts. If it doesn't ride freely, its going to scream ehhhh again and you're going to be doing the exact same thing and have to rebuild your starter again, not a good idea. So, emery cloth, sand paper, steel wool, anything you've got to clean all the debris and everything off your shaft then put a light coat of oil. I take a little 30 weight, rub it on there and then rub it off. It just has to be a light coating. You don't want too much on there because it will attract dirt and then you'll start with the same problem. You take your starter clutch and there's a little washer in here so it won't go sliding right on, you kind of have to work it around and it'll go in eventually. There you go. And then tighten it up backwards, use your channel locks. You got your rope still in there. Tighten it real tight. This is important. It has to be very tight because it holds the flywheel on and the flywheel is where your timing comes from. So if the flywheel is lose, it will knock itself out of time and break the timing key. That's not good. You want to make sure that your starter clutch is very tight on and that you've got your washer in place, there's a washer underneath the start clutch and that's all you need to do. And once you get it tight, then you put your screen back on and put your starter back on and you're done.