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The clutch will not release, the clutch handle will not spring back. What should I look for?

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First check and make sure the cable is not binding,Then check the clutch disengagement arm or the engine,you can try and move it to test the spring with some channel locks or similar pliers,If it moves freely with no spring back,You may need a new throw out bearing.

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I used applman08's solution. A few pointers:
0. This problem occurs when you take off the side cover while the brake is set. So after you fix this, don't do that again.
1. When removing the clutch, place the screwdriver in the notch next to where it says "off" and tilt the screwdriver down so that when you strike it you are applying a clockwise shock force that is almost horizontal (assuming your 455 is on its side).
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