Can’t believe it’s almost been a year! I’ve been distracted with other projects... still chasing down my vibration problem. I took the belt off and it looked fine. I saw some rust on the drive and too much wear. I’m guessing this is the vibration issue. Engine is smooth with the belt off. Do I need to replace the worn part or can it be refurbished?
What do folks think? Thanks, Carl
First off remove both clutch’s and clean them with hot soapy water using a “maroon” ScotchBrite and nylon scrub brush the sheave half’s. Do not use excessive force, otherwise you risk damaging the machined face on the sheaves. Do not use a steel or brass brush.
You may also use alcohol or non chlorinated brake cleaner, based on your comfort level.
Secondly you are missing “ramp shoes” (buttons) on the secondary clutch, this may likely account for the vibration. Without the buttons the clutch is spinning out of balance.
See screenshots below, note depending on the part number of the secondary clutch there are 2 different button kits.
Please read instructions from the OEM Technical Manual CAREFULLY. There are specific procedures based on the PIN of your transaxle on your Gator. You may also need a new seal sleeve and thrust washer based again on the transaxle PIN.
OEM 6x4 Technical manual information below:
John Deere Parts Catalog website address:
Finally replace the belt, regardless of how it “looks”.
Please report back on your progress.
On edit: there maybe issues with the primary clutch as well? We can address them separately, if needed.