How to Remove the Clutch from a John Deere Gator

Written by yvonne grant
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The John Deere Gator feature a Kawasaki engine, rear traction assist that locks the rear drive wheels together to give added torque, and a low centre of gravity that allows for added stability and handling. The Gator uses a belt drive system. As the belt propels faster the clutch opens up, moving the tires. The clutch bolts to the crankshaft of the engine; removal will take 30 minutes to complete.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel wrench
  • 10mm wrench
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Clutch removal tool
  • Impact wrench

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  1. 1

    Park the Gator on a level surface, remove the key from the ignition and set the parking brake.

  2. 2

    Slide the jack under the frame at the rear of the machine, raise the machine off the ground and set the jack stands under each side of the frame just behind the tires. Lower the jack until the frame rests on the jack stands.

  3. 3

    Remove the four tire bolts from the left wheel with the wheel wrench, and slide off the tire. Remove the two 10mm bolts holding down the guard over the belt. Slide off the drive belt by hand. Pry the black, plastic cap with the flathead screwdriver to expose the threaded hole.

  4. 4

    Insert the clutch removal tool in the hole, place the impact wrench over the clutch removal tool and tighten until the clutch pops off.

Tips and warnings

  • The clutch removal tool is necessary to remove the clutch. It can be purchased at any John Deere dealership.

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