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Removing York clutch without special tool?

Are there any tricks to removing the clutch off of a York compressor without using the special too they show in the manual? I don't want to damage anything, but I can't figure out how to get a grip on the clutch so i can losen the bolt holding it on the shaft.

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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

I have always removed the clutches with an impact wrench. You remove the retaining bolt, and then use a 5/8" coarse threaded bolt to drive the pulley off the shaft. I have never used any special tools.

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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

Sorry if I'm missing something in your post, but how do you keep the clutch from spinning while trying to losen the bolt on the main shaft?
Is this a non-issue when using an impact wrench?
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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

IMpact wrenches hit with such force and rapidity, the clutch doesn't have time to move. Enrtia keeps it in place.

Since I didn't have an impact wrench when I first did mine, I just drilled two holes on a piece of steel bar and threaded screws through them into the clutch housing.

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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

That's a clever way of doing it. When I popped a clutch off one in the junkyard, I just used my vicegrips to hold the clutch from spinning. It worked, but it didn't seem to healthy for the clutch assembly.
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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

Thanks for the replies. I'll hit it with the air impact wrench tonight.
I never was that great at physics or whatever...I just pictured the clutch spinning really fast with the impact wrench and nothing coming loose.
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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

Even if the impact starts to turn the pulley, you should be able to hold it tightly with your hand. That should be enough to let the impact do its' job.

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Re: Removing York clutch without special tool?

We did about 10 of them yesterday (searching a yard). you don't even need an impact. Just use a pair of vise-grips or channel-locks to grab the edge of the clutch/face to keep it from spinning. Then just "pop" the wrench on your 5/8" bolt until it breaks free. It won't take much.
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