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I am replacing the pull rope on a Craftsman bushwacker model # 358795800. The clutch and the washer needs to be removed in order remove the plastic fan housing. I am using the diagram on searspartsdirect.com. How do I remove the clutch? There are no screws.

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  • tracy_osborn May 01, 2010

    Thank you for the manual link. I already have the manual and it does not describe how to replace the rope. I also chatted with Searsparts.com and they could not help.
    Looking at the clutch it appears a screw drive or another tool should go beneath and stop the clutch from turning then, maybe it pulls off. I do not want to break something while I am replacing the rope. Any advice, it would be appreciated.

  • tracy_osborn May 01, 2010

    Hello,
    I do not see a bolt. If you see the diagram at www.searspartsdirect.com it shows figure 49, the clutch. Figure 48 is the also called a clutch, however, that is where the rope wraps around. I can not remove the figure 49. What is a 'puller'? Do I need a special tool to remove the clutch?


  • tracy_osborn May 02, 2010

    I figured out by the help of U Tube that a screw is located at the bottom of the clutch. That screw is so tight that it broke my screwdrive. What can I do to loosen the screw?

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Ok first things first remove the screws that holds the shaft on to the engine these are in the handle of your model, then remove the handle from the engine this will allow you to see the clutch assembly, this clutch is a centrifical clutch so there will be no pressure on it untill it hits a specific RPM thus pulling the clutch out and engagding the shaft, so you have the clutch exposed it till spin off, rmember that it till be left hand threded. (threds backwards), here is the trick take a punch and hammer and use it to spind the clutch clockwise. This will expose your rewind for repair.

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Remove the bolt and use a puller and it will come off

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    Nate Stansfield May 01, 2010

    The puller is the special tool that pulls clutches and pulleys.

    Since there is no not on this one, you can try and put a socket wrench in the square opening, hold the clutch still and turn to see if it comes loose. If you can turn this kind, then you will need a puller to remove it.



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    Nate Stansfield May 02, 2010

    Heat it up with a torch for a bit, then use a craftsman brand screwdriver. If this has a socket type screw where you can use scewdriver or socket wrench, then I would use the socket wrench. Heat does help to remove, so does a can of "knock it loose" It's like wd-40 but stronger

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