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Rtl430ces had a snapped timing belt struggling to get the clutch

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Rtl430ces had a snapped timing belt struggling to get the clutch and fly wheel of the shaft to access the pulley to replace the belt
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes still need help
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Kevin, have you already removed the plastic cover to expose your clutch? Just checking to see how far along are you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Plastic cover off and separated from strimmer leaving clutch pull start and fly wheel on the shaft
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.

Thanks for this information. Kevin, you will need to block your piston, to prevent it from spinning as you loosen the screw in your clutch drum. I will tell you how to block your piston. Remove your spark plug, and fill your cylinder will some soft rope. This will safely block your piston.

Use a T-20 Torx bit to remove the screw in your clutch drum. Turn the screw counterclockwise. After you remove your clutch drum, you can use some channel lock pliers to loosen and remove your clutch. Put a rag over your clutch to prevent damage from your pliers.

Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Click Here - T20 Torx Screwdriver
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Click on the link above for image of screwdriver.
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Channel Lock Pliers - Click Here
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Got clutch off what about fly wheel?
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
There is not a nut holding your flywheel in place. Use a small screwdriver to pry up on your flywheel, as you tap it will rubber mallet. If you do not have a rubber mallet, carefully tap it with a hammer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Nearly there any tips with removing the bearing on the end of the shaft
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
To safely remove your bearing, I recommend that you use a small bearing puller. Be sure to make notes and take pictures as you go. This will make re-assembly much easier.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Do you have a photo of a gear puller that will do the job
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
I do not have a photo, but if you can give a minute or two, I will see if I can locate a photo for you.
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
I was unable to find a photo that shows the tool you will need.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is this engine a interference engine rebuilt seems to have no compresion
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Have you checked your valve clearances? If your valves are not properly adjusted, this can cause a lose of compression.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No I haven't will need to get some feeler gauges to do that do you have the settings
Expert:  Donald replied 2 years ago.
Intake Valve - .004" Exhaust Valve - .004"