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Toro 265-6 model 72045 PTO clutch will not engage. PTO checked with 12V and works okay. Both relays checked and working okay. All fuses are good. Not sure how to check PTO switch. Any other suggestions on how to diagnose problem will be appreciated.

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Ohm out the clutch......should be 2-4 ohms any less means the clutch has an internal short and will need to be replaced. also check the saftey interlock module, however the modle numbers u gave do not come up, relays checked ok? how did u test them?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

  • Randy Reece Apr 16, 2012

    Thanks for the "2-4 ohms" information. I have power down at the end of the plug so now I can test the clutch to make sure before I buy one.

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