l3800 DT PTO doesn't engage easily...

IDKUBOTA

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Dec 16, 2012
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Greetings,
I recently put on my field mower and found that the PTO doesnt engage easy like it used to. It used to be a simple level pull and it was seamlessly engaged. Now, it grinds to engage and it disengages easily. It there some adjustment I am supposed to be looking at? It has always shifted into gear with some minor tooth grinding that I have mitigated by moving through the gears w the clutch in before shifting into gear. The service shop has always reported it did not have a problem. ANyway this is new and irritating and seems that I could ruin something if not addressed. Is there an adjustment I can do or should I have the dealer address it? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-RP
 

Roadworthy

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Check your clutch adjustment - the pedal should only have about an inch of free play. Engage PTO at idle then bring up to speed. When depressing the clutch allow a couple seconds for gears to stop rotating before engaging PTO or shifting into gear.
 

whitetiger

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Greetings,
I recently put on my field mower and found that the PTO doesnt engage easy like it used to. It used to be a simple level pull and it was seamlessly engaged. Now, it grinds to engage and it disengages easily. It there some adjustment I am supposed to be looking at? It has always shifted into gear with some minor tooth grinding that I have mitigated by moving through the gears w the clutch in before shifting into gear. The service shop has always reported it did not have a problem. ANyway this is new and irritating and seems that I could ruin something if not addressed. Is there an adjustment I can do or should I have the dealer address it? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-RP
You are not engaging the PTO without depressing the clutch pedal, are you????
 

IDKUBOTA

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Latah County, ID
You are not engaging the PTO without depressing the clutch pedal, are you????
I am depressing the clutch pedal.

I'll have to check the free play again but I don't think that I have much at all. Tonight, I could not engage the PTO without grinding initially then it went in and out easily until I raised the RPM and then put everything in neutral depressed the clutch and it wouldn't go in without grinding so I quit. I'll have to find out how to adjust the clutch. It is 2012 w 480 hours on it.
 

whitetiger

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I am depressing the clutch pedal.

I'll have to check the free play again but I don't think that I have much at all. Tonight, I could not engage the PTO without grinding initially then it went in and out easily until I raised the RPM and then put everything in neutral depressed the clutch and it wouldn't go in without grinding so I quit. I'll have to find out how to adjust the clutch. It is 2012 w 480 hours on it.
You should have approx 1" of free travel on the clutch pedal. To adjust, open the hood and depress the clutch pedal and you will see the linkage move, you will see the adjustment.
 

Mountainhill

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Greetings,
I recently put on my field mower and found that the PTO doesnt engage easy like it used to. It used to be a simple level pull and it was seamlessly engaged. Now, it grinds to engage and it disengages easily. It there some adjustment I am supposed to be looking at? It has always shifted into gear with some minor tooth grinding that I have mitigated by moving through the gears w the clutch in before shifting into gear. The service shop has always reported it did not have a problem. ANyway this is new and irritating and seems that I could ruin something if not addressed. Is there an adjustment I can do or should I have the dealer address it? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-RP
Just as a side note. When selling my 2013 l3800 HST, the buyer tried to engage the PTO, it didn’t work! Anyway, he played around with the cable and or assembly, and it engaged. I didn’t take much notice, as he was happy to purchase the tractor.
 

IDKUBOTA

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Latah County, ID
Well, I did have free play- 2.5 inches of it... the clutch got adjusted to about 1 inch and now the PTO engages with NO grinding and even the transmission engages with NO grinding. Pretty easy to have done... lock nut, turnbuckle, measure the freeplay, engage the PTO, tighten the locknut. Thanks for the help and input.
 
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