TD6 TD61 TD62 STEERING CLUTCHES
|In repairing the TD6 (same as TD61 and TD62)steering clutches you have a couple of
options. If your clutches are totally trashed, or completely frozen, you will probably
have to resort to cutting some of the discs out to save the inner driving drum, the brake
drum and the pressure plate. That means replacing all of the fiber discs and probably most
of the steel discs. Be careful with your hammers! If you do accidentally break your
clutch pressure plate or brake drum, we have replacements, but try to avoid that
expense. You can do a lot to clean up the steel discs with some heavy duty cleaning,
wire brushing and sandblasting. You will want a clean smooth surface so that the steel
disc surfaces will not chew up the new fiber or bimetallic discs with their
The TD6 normally uses 12 fiber discs and 11 steel discs for each clutch. If you do not have to change all of them, and can get by with only changing a few fiber discs, then by all means just replace the bad fiber discs with more fiber discs. If you have to replace all 12 fiber discs, or at least 12 of the 24 fiber discs required for both clutches, then you should consider upgrading and improving one or both of your clutches by using bimetallic friction discs instead of the old style fiber discs.
Because of the different widths of the discs, upgrading to the bimetallic discs requires 14 bimetallic discs and 13 steel discs per clutch. The bimetallic discs are of course a little more expensive, but you end up with a clutch less prone to having your clutch discs sticking or bonding to each other, a longer clutch life, and an increased friction surface area, resulting in a higher coefficient of friction, and no broken teeth! The bimetallic discs are not nearly as affected by moisture as the fiber discs. You can certainly expect to run your machine a lot longer without having to go into the steering clutches again!
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