I have a older Ryan Model 263 string trimmer that needs some work. I
was able to get the parts I need, but am stumped as to the
dis-assembly of the clutch, which is a pre-requisite to getting in
I have the shaft and handle/throttle mechanism removed, and the recoil
starter loose. But the clutch is in the way to getting the recoil off.
I have a exploded parts diagram to work from - it shows what looks to
be slotted screw inside the shaft of the clutch.
I've put a screw driver in there, and can feel it engage something
slotted, but turning one way engages some sort of rachet mechanism in
the recoil starter, turn the other way and the whole clutch spins,
even if I try to hold it.
In the owners manual, there are no instructions as to how to work on
the recoil starter - for that you are supposed to take it to a dealer,
and Ryan dealers are pretty scarce.
I've shot WD-40 in to the shaft opening, in hopes it might loosen
things up - so far - no go.
Thanks for the reply - thought I would follow up w/ the
The threads were not left handed - they were right handed. I paid a
retired mechanic who now does small engines for pocket money for
the solution (a whopping $5).
What he had to do was remove the muffler, then insert a stick thru the
exhaust port to lock up the piston and crank shaft. Then use a screw
driver to loosen screw, and he said it was plenty tight - it "snapped"
(sound) when it came free. Its not a big screw either - maybe a
10/32's by a inch - tops. Its captured inside the clutch drum, so we
can't see all of it.
Then to get the clutch rotor (weight assembly off), once again, right
hand threads, he tryed a pin punch and hammer, but wasn't getting
anywhere, so he removed the weights from the rotor, and put a wrench
on it, then it came free as well. Once the rotor was free, he had to
reattach the weights.
We won't do it this time, but if there is a next time, and assuming
the parts are still available, we will put a clutch in it.
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