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10-23-2007 #1WIZARDOFOZONE Guest
Help ! Threw a key on engine sprocket
Oh man, bad day today. I had a suspicion the other day that I hadn't really tightened the nut down very tight on the engine drive sprocket. Today, the key jumped the shaft slot and has made a mess of the slot, the key, and threads on the clutch drive shaft. I looked at the listed parts at King's and Dax but no shaft, Anybody know where I can get a replacement clutchshaft that holds the engine drive sprocket ?
10-23-2007 #2Dockspa1 Guest
There is one other last choice thing you can do. I have done it many times.
Find your local machine shop, have them weld up your keyway with low carbon rod then have the mill out the keyway again. Use new keystock.
Shouldn't take but a few minutes. not counting setup time.
if the threads are gone, the only way I could think of was to have the sprocket welded on the shaft
10-23-2007 #4thatsdax Guest
Yep... Got to weld it now....
10-24-2007 #5WIZARDOFOZONE Guest
Thanks everyone for the help,and thanks Augi for referring me to the identical problem in an old post ... threads aren't really gone,the nut does tighten but I'll need the key slot cut for sure .... all in all the welding seems like the best overall way,especially since it seems to me that there is little concern that the clutch shaft can no longer be removed for other reasons or other work if parts arent available anyway for related work in that engine area. New clutch pads or pressure plate only requires installation from the other side no ? Luckily it couldn't be more fortunate that the storage space guy right next door to me has 3 different kinds of welding machines and has offered help in the past ! Couple of 6 packs ought to get this thing done !! .... thanks again everybody !!
Last edited by WIZARDOFOZONE; 10-24-2007 at 02:34 AM. Reason: sentence made no sense wordwise
10-24-2007 #6japat100 Guest
a dremel tool ,you can get 1 inch grinding disk ,very handy and should grind out or repair a key way ,after you fill the bad spots with gas weld ,, dermel tool is quite expensive but if you check local hardware you will find other names tools that work good and less them half the price ,,
the key itself should be softer then the shaft so if something does happen it should just shear off and not destroy the shaft
10-24-2007 #7HoughMade Guest
The Dremel may be expensive- but I've had the cheaper ones (notice the past-tense). The Dremel is worth it.
10-24-2007 #8Dockspa1 Guest
I didn't think about it but why couldn't you just take it to a machine shop and have them cut a new keyway 90 degrees from the old one. I don't think it matters where the keyway is on the shaft.
10-24-2007 #9WIZARDOFOZONE Guest
I have several Dremel kits. I considered cutting a keyslot opposite the other slot too and I agree, I don't think it matters ... 2 things are stopping me .... of the many cutting tips I have or ever recall seeing, nothing to my knowledge gives that square channel cut a keyslot has. The cutting wheels are the closest and a continued straight down slow cut might be possible ... one good thing about deciding to weld it is it couldnt much hurt anything to try a keyway cut I guess .... the 2nd thing is how the heck much work is it to pull that shaft ? another type of puller ? anyone ever pulled one ?
10-24-2007 #10Dockspa1 Guest
You don't pull the shaft, you pull everything else off the shaft. You definately will have to open the cases. I guess if you have the room you could leave it together and use dremel cut off discs but you can throw accuracy out the window. You would probably end up welding it anyway.
Note: remember to pour cool oil over the shaft and sprocket after welding to keep it's temper.
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