How to Remove the Drive Pulley From a Briggs & Stratton

Updated February 21, 2017

Before you can remove the oil pan from your engine to do internal repairs on your Briggs & Stratton engine, you will need to remove the drive pulley from the power take-off (PTO) shaft extending from the base of the engine. The dive pulley is crucial to run a belt that can run a variety of things while the Briggs & Stratton engine is running.

Set your Briggs & Stratton engine on its side to reveal the drive pulley bolted to the base of the PTO shaft.

Tighten the pipe wrench onto the PTO shaft area above the drive pulley.

Fit the proper-size socket on the bolt holding the drive pulley onto the base of the PTO shaft.

Firmly hold the pipe wrench with one hand as you rotate the socket wrench on the drive pulley bolt counterclockwise.

Pull the bolt out of the drive pulley and pull the drive pulley off of the PTO shaft if it didn't already fall off when you unscrewed it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe wrench
  • Socket wrench and set
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Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.