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How to adjust the clutch?

I have a 1988 38" MTD riding mower.

The clutch engages very high, almost at full pedal release.

How do I adjust this? It has a new drive belt, which is the proper fully jacketed one.

Any help greatly appreciated.


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Lay Down Behind The Rear Wheels Of The Tractor With Your Head To The Right Hand Side Of The Unit. Look Up And Forward Just In Front Of The Axle And You Will See A Disc, Or A Small "s" Shaped Bracket With More Than Likely A 1/2" Nut , Take The Wrench And Tighten This Nut A Little. Try It And Then Tighten More To Make The Final Adjustment. Or you may need to replace the pads behind the adjusting nuts. This may be the brake pad you need, check your model:

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Thank you sir! You saved a trip to the shop & made an incomprehensible manual, much more's in there, behind all the old grass. The pad picture helped too. Need a helper to push the pedal, so you can see it. Don't over adjust.


what about on a john deere lawn tractor


This answer was specific to a 1988 38" MTD. I have no idea of how many John Deere models there are. Ask a new and better question.


Had brake /clutch pedal hooked back up now lawnmower won’t start but did when pedal wasn’t connected what could be problem


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