Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fix One Thing, Break Something Else

The other day I finished welding all the broken and twisted parts of the rake back together, decided against painting the soon-to-be-rusted parts, and then wrestled and cussed the actual rake part back into place with the help of a couple of people (they'll have to stay anonymous because they don't know I'm talking about them).

For a brief moment in time, I thought that I was caught up on repairing most of the broken stuff around here so I patted myself on the back for a job well done, hooked up my little John Deere to the rake to move it out of the way, moved it about twenty feet and heard a weird POP. 

When I pushed in the clutch petal it didn't feel right (no resistance at all) and I couldn't get it into gear with the engine running. After unplugging the neutral start switch and jumping across it so I could start it in gear (good way to run over yourself if you forget to reconnect it), I managed to get it into the barn by starting it in gear to move it and killing the engine when I needed to stop.

After a little bit of wrenching, jacking, blocking, head-scratching, spilling oil all over the floor, and miraculously no knuckle-busting, we had it apart.

It looks like its going to need a new clutch and pressure plate and it'll be almost as good as new.  I'm still trying to figure out how a worn-out clutch could make it impossible to shift into gear but still let it move if it was started in gear.

I need to get it fixed quick so I can get on to the important business of breaking the next thing (it seems like that's how things work around here most of the time).


  1. That's the way it always seems to work. Wonder which thing will be the third thing to break to prove the old adage right?

    1. After breaking the rake and before the tractor broke, I did somehow manage to get a nail in a tire of the sprayer.

      The next day it was flatter than flat, but it was a simple fix of taking it off and getting a plug put in the nail hole at the tire shop. For $10 and a little work taking it off and putting it back on, it was fixed.

      I'm hoping that satisfies the whole "coming in threes" adage.