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154 clutch problem

Postby ILL John » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:31 am

I've had 2 different rebuilt clutches from my IH dealer, the 1st one had 1 finger .060" lower than the other 2 when installed, just got done installing the 2nd one, it has 1 finger .100" and another .030" lower than the one touching the t/o brg. He offers a new pressure plate for about $160, am I going to have the same problem with the new one? These fingers are not adjustable, can't figure why a rebuilder would bother if they can't get any closer than these measurements, or am I being too picky? It would be impossible to set the correct clearance on these rebuilts :? Any advice is welcome, I never thought installing a clutch would be this complicated :shock: Thanks in advance. John
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Postby John(videodoc) » Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:02 am

John, i cant answer your question, but dont forget, DOCFEST coming up April 14th, looks like i am straight south of you a couple of hours, bring your tractor along as well..... :D
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Re: 154 clutch problem

Postby Eugene » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:25 pm

ILL John wrote:I've had 2 different rebuilt clutches from my IH dealer, the 1st one had 1 finger .060" lower than the other 2 when installed, just got done installing the 2nd one, it has 1 finger .100" and another .030" lower than the one touching the t/o brg. He offers a new pressure plate for about $160, am I going to have the same problem with the new one? These fingers are not adjustable, can't figure why a rebuilder would bother if they can't get any closer than these measurements, or am I being too picky? It would be impossible to set the correct clearance on these rebuilts :? Any advice is welcome, I never thought installing a clutch would be this complicated :shock: Thanks in advance. John


I had the same problem with a pressure plate purchased from an IH dealer. The pressure plate was made in India. The adjusting screws were lock tighted in. I finally purchased a used, rebuilt pressure plate from a commercial tractor salvage firm. The fingers were adjustable. The rebuilt pressure plate is made of heavier metal (steel) than the new IH plate.

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Postby ILL John » Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:01 pm

These are rebuilt in Humbolt Iowa, by Hy Capacity, go figure, the very nature of the 154 is the fingers aren't adjustable, that's the problem------I think! If there's a substitute, I'm open to suggestions, the way I'm going, I'll not get'er done 'til 08 or 09.
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Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:19 pm

18" Crescent wrench, and a little bit of force?
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Postby ILL John » Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:56 pm

To do what?
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Postby John(videodoc) » Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:31 pm

ILL John wrote:To do what?


Show off your tractor, i am sure someone here will know how to address your problem, if you got the parts. Or just enjoy the fellowship and viewing of other peoples cubs and the food. Oh yeah, and the door prizes. :wink:

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Postby Bigdog » Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:14 pm

Doc - I think the "To do what?" comment is in reference to Matt's '18" Crescent wrench and a bit of force' reply.

Ill John - I think Matt was suggesting some brute force adjustment to the fingers. :D
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Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:45 am

Check the thickness of your clutch disc in several locations around the circle. Diffrences in thickness can cause your problem. Each time the pedal is pushed & released, a different finger will be the high one. I'm not saying that's your problem, but it has bit me before.
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Postby ILL John » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:47 am

I've changed the "clock" position on both the pressureplates, spun the disc, it's always the same finger that's low. Is there an adjustable finger pressureplate available for this 154?
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Postby ILL John » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:56 am

Got it cured, new pressureplate from IH, non-adjustable fingers, but they're all the same heigth
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