How to Remove the Drive Pulley From a Briggs & Stratton

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How to Remove the Drive Pulley From a Briggs & Stratton
Remove the drive pulley from your Briggs & Stratton engine. (cutting grass image by katja kodba from

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.

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Things you need

  • Pipe wrench
  • Socket wrench and set

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

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