How to remove chainsaw clutch without tool

You may want to get rid of the broken clutch from your chainsaw so you will have to remove it. Professionals can charge you a lot with their fancy tools and expertise, however, it is not that difficult of a job. You can do it easily by with the help of some things laying around in your garage. No specialty tools are required, it is quite simple if you follow the steps carefully.

Following are the steps that you need to follow to remove the chainsaw clutch without tool.

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  • Step 1: The first thing that you need to do is to remove the clutch cover, clutch bar and chain from the saw. Once you are done with that, you can move onto the next step.
  • Step 2: Next, you have to remove the spark plug wire or the spark plug cover. It is easy, you can just pull it off.
  • Step 3: Remove the spark plug and make sure that it is not damaged, once it is removed, keep it in a safe place. The professionals may use the spark plug wrench but it is not necessarily needed, you can easily screw it off without using any tool.
  • Step 4: Now, the pieces of nylon cord laying around in your garage will come handy. Make sure that you pick a clean chord of about 12 inches long. The best way is to double it up and put it through the spark plug hole through the cylinder. Make it certain that the cord doesn’t go into the exhaust port, otherwise you will have to do a lot of cleaning. At this step, the professional makes the use of a metal locking tool but the rope or the cord works perfectly fine so instead of investing into the metal locking tool, just use the nylon cord and save yourself time and money. A good tip is that make sure that the cord hangs out so you can easily pull it out when needed, don’t put the cord all the way in, otherwise it will be super difficult to bring out.
  • Step 5: You can use your old chisel for this step or you can take help with a flat head screwdriver. You don’t need to rely on specialty tools for this step. Before you work your way with the screwdriver or the chisel, make sure that you turn the clutch all the way to the right or until you are unable to turn it to the right more. You should be able to feel the tightness and the clutch should not be able to move more. You can also read on the clutch to find out whether which direction should it be turned. It will be right but you can check it just to make sure.
  • Step 6: Now you are ready to go in with the screwdriver or the chisel. Grab your hammer from the garage as well. Place the chisel or the screwdriver into the notch of the clutch, make sure that the screwdriver easily fits, otherwise it will be very difficult to hammer on it. Start slow, hammer the screwdriver and then you can increase the power if you feel the need. A time will come that the clutch will become lose due to the hammering.
  • Step 7: Turn around the clutch a few times and you will be able to screw it off the chainsaw. By following all the steps until here, the clutch will be off the chainsaw without any specialty tools. The clutch consists of two parts, one is the drum and the other is the clutch shoes, but of them come off easily with the help of the chisel or screwdriver.

Now if you intend to replace the old and broken clutch of the chainsaw with a new and better one, then all you need to do is follow this whole process reversely and you will be able to get on the new clutch of the chainsaw. No more spending money and wasting energy looking for a professional to replace the chainsaw when you can easily get the job done on your own. Replacing the chainsaw clutch is your new DIY project, we wish you a very best of luck!