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Engine runs fine head doesn`t spin as engine revs

Both pieces are mated together fine

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If it is a bent shaft then the cable is broken in the tube
if a straight shaft then a couple of possible items
the square drives on the end of the shaft is rounded out or the clutch is not expanding as required ( same for bent shaft)

Posted on May 02, 2015

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  • Bill Boyd May 07, 2015

    if it is a straight shaft I would be looking at the clutch as the cause as the drive is solid section
    the bent shaft has a cable and the ends are pressed into a square shape and they may be rounded off
    Check that before the clutch
    all sections are replaceable but not repairable

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