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 Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated 
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Post Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
My clutch failed to engage today when I activated the switch. I have confirmed that the switch is in good working order. I have 115 hours on the motor.

Increasing RPM's did cause the clutch to engage.

Any help would be appreciated.


Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:13 pm
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
Forgot to mention that it is a early gtr 35


Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:52 pm
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
might sound silly, but might be a bad battery connection. take wires completely off battery, clean the posts, and reinstall. a bad connection with a voltage drop will play hell on that clutch, especially at low rpm's.

good luck!!


Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:03 pm
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dead animal wrote:
might sound silly, but might be a bad battery connection. take wires completely off battery, clean the posts, and reinstall. a bad connection with a voltage drop will play hell on that clutch, especially at low rpm's.

good luck!!


Thank you. That makes sense. If the voltage is weak, then when I rev the rpm's, the engines generator, or magneto, may be providing the additional power needed.


Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:13 am
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
Check the red wire on the key switch... its not in the main harness... it comes from the voltage regulator... I will say it came unplugged. Exact symptoms of what happens.

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Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:22 am
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
The retaining ring on my ignition switch vibrated off, and I just re-installed the ignition switch. I may have loosened that wire in the process.
The motor is a couple hours from my home, and I am going up to check the things discussed here. I will report back on what I find, so others may benefit.
Thank you for responding and offering me the help.


Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:01 am
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
I'm having the same issue. can you post a pic of the piece that came loose? I don't know what I'm looking at electrically.


Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:50 pm
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Buckmark311 wrote:
I'm having the same issue. can you post a pic of the piece that came loose? I don't know what I'm looking at electrically.

the red wire on the key switch. Its a separate wire from the key plug.

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Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:59 pm
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Post Re: Clutch fails to engage when switch is activated
I just got back from working on my motor. I polished up the battery connection, which looked fine, and I could see the red wire on the key switch (mine is on the top, slightly to the right when looking at the switch from the rear) so I reached in with a needle nose plyer and wiggled the connection.
After that I could not get the clutch to fail, even one time. I realize that I need to take that switch out and clean the connection properly (all connections on the switch), but for now I think problem solved.

I am a long way from most of you guys and I am the only Gator-Tail guy I know of around here. so being able to come here for solutions is much appreciated.


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