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ON A JOHN DEERE 1020 THE PTO CLUTCH IS STUCK, IT HAS NOT BEEN USED FOR YEARS. PTO WORKS FINE, THE SPLIT CLUTCH WILL NOT RELEASE. IS THERE A WAY TO FREE IT WITH OUT OPENING THE TRANY? THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

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